Miyoshi Takei (1968`2011j
The inventor of BLIND TENNIS
Mr Takei Miyoshi was a great man, a pioneer in a new sport and a role model
and great and unique representative to the visually impaired. He will be
best remembered as the inventor of blind tennis in Japan. He was born in
1968 and lost his eye-sight at the age of one and a half. When he was 16,
as a high school student, he dreamt of playing tennis with the able-bodied
and created tennis for the blind. He worked tirelessly at developing a
tennis ball specifically tailored for the blind. His devotion to the sport
drew many supporters who joined in his work and, finally in 1990, the first
ever tennis tournament was held for the visually impaired.
Over the past 21
years, he has been national champion on 16 occasions.
His long term dream and legacy was that blind tennis continue to grow and
be played all over the world by as many people as possible. His ultimate
goal was for blind tennis to be included in the Paralympics in 2020.
He passed away in a tragic train accident on 16th of January in 2011, at
the age of 42. His open-mindedness made him loved by all. We miss him, but we will honour
him by sharing and working towards his dream.
Takei's Message for juniors
Takei's Lecture(You-Tube) with a transcript in English
Blind Tennis Coaching Manual
How to order the balls
My name is Ayako Matsui.
I am teaching children with the visually impaired in Saitama ,near Tokyo.
Blind tennis was created in Japan and the first tournament was held in
But tennis for the blind was thought to be impossible in other countries.
I started to teach visually impaireed children in 2003 and organized tennis clinics sponsored by NEC.
I met Mr. Takei in 2006, and we worked together to promote blind tennis
both in Japan and abroad.
I visited the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Tennis Foundation
in England in 2006 to introduce blind tennis to the rest of the world.
Mr. Takei and I went to England with other blind teninis players for the
inaugural promotion in January, 2007,
followed by Korea in the same year, ,Taiwan in 2008, China in 2009 and
Our aim is to
promote this wonderful sport all over the world.
Tennis is a good sport for everyone, both able-bodied and those with disabilities.
It is played at the Grand Slams at a very high level by thletes in wheelchairs.
Maybe one day we will achieve the same status for visually impaired players.
I would like to spread the wonderful sport all over the world to share
the dream of Mr. Takei.
I have created a group called 'International Blind Tennis Association'
It is an open group. Please visit the Facebook, join us, and share information.
The video shows two blind tennis players, Miyoshi Takei and Masaru
They are both totally blind.
video click here
(2010 B1 men's singles final Takei VS Ono)
If you are interested in finding out more about
please contact me by e-mail.