The Virtus World Tennis Championships brings together the top players with intellectual impairment from around the world.
About: The 2024 Virtus Tennis World Championships will take place March 3rd to 7th, 2024 in Annecy, France.
Eligiblity: New athletes must complete Virtus International Level eligibility (II1, II2 or II3 groups) to compete and are encouraged to apply as early as possible at athleteswithoutlimits.org/eligibilityUS Athlete Interest Form: Athletes Without Limits will explore fielding a US Team at this event based on athlete interest and other factors.Interested US athletes should complete the Interest Form below to be added to our event email list. AWL is volunteer run so we appreciate your patience in hearing back from us!US Athlete Interest Form
Virtus, the International Sports Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment, is thrilled to announce that the 2024 VIRTUS World Tennis Championships will be hosted by France.
Scheduled to unfold from September 8th to 14th, this remarkable event will be impeccably organized by the Fédération Française du Sport Adapté (FFSA), a distinguished Virtus member organization within France.
The event will take place in the beautiful city of Annecy near the Auvergne- Rhone-Alpes region. With its enchanting canals, cobblestone streets, and stunning lake views, creating a fairytale-like destination that captivates every visitor, Annecy offers a blend of cultural richness and natural splendour that promises a truly memorable travel experience.
Marc Truffaut, President of FFSA, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “Tennis is a very popular sport in our country, and we are keen on developing it further for people with an intellectual impairment and bringing Virtus’s high-level competition for these athletes back to France is an incredible opportunity to do so.”
FFSA’s reputation for excellence shines brightly with its successful track record of orchestrating more than ten remarkable Virtus Sporting events over the past decade. Recall the unforgettable 2018 Virtus European Games and the remarkable 2023 Virtus Global Games. With this wealth of experience, the 2024 Virtus World Tennis Championships are poised to set new standards of sporting brilliance.
“It is wonderful news to see the World Tennis Championships in 2024 return to France. This competition will showcase the enormous talent of our athletes in II1, II2 and II3 categories and raise awareness of the opportunities available to elite athletes with an intellectual impairment,” says Virtus Tennis Director, Lesley Whitehead, who is also thrilled for the event.
The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) aims to strengthen partnerships with local and national tennis clubs to develop tennis programs tailored for people with intellectual impairments. This initiative will not only contribute to the growth of tennis but also discover new talents in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and France.
Athletes Without Limits oversees eligibility for US athletes with intellectual impairments competing in: Virtus (formerly Inas), Paralympics, World Para Swimming, World Para Athletics, U.S. Paralympics, World Taekwondo, ITTF, USA Table Tennis, FISA, US Rowing, World Karate, USA Para Karate, EDGA and USGA Adaptive Golf.
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