Chris Baily a winner at the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships for the second year running. Picture: Tennis Foundation.

Uckfield’s Chris Baily retains national tennis title

Uckfield tennis player Chris Baily is a National Visually Impaired Champion for the second year running and winner of the men’s doubles title for the fourth time.

He competed at Loughborough at the weekend and was delighted to have done so well. He paired with Callum Lock from Eastbourne to win the doubles championship.

National VI Tennis Championships 2017. Trophy Shots

Chris Baily and Callum Lock with their trophies for winning the men’s doubles in the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships 2017. Picture: Tennis Foundation.

Chris, 40, said his eye-sight is deteriorating and he faced tough competition but he is now inspired to work over the winter to get even fitter for next year.

Sadly he is planning to give up his membership of Maresfield Tennis Club where he has played for the past ten years because he is finding it more and more difficult to follow the ball but he is pleased to be able to continue to play the visually impaired version of the game.

National VI Tennis Championships 2017.

Chris Baily in action at the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships in Loughborough at the weekend. Picture: Tennis Foundation.

This is adapted from the full court version to a smaller court, with a lower net, and played indoors using an audible ball so players can hear it bounce and being hit. Depending on an individual’s sight level they can also be allowed up to three bounces before they must return it to their opponent.

Last year Chris, who is married to Frances and has two sons Andrew, eight, and Peter, seven, won gold at the first International Blind Tennis Tournament in Spain.

Read more about how Chris took up the visually impaired tennis game here.

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