When there is a will there is a way. There are times when life gets tough and we are dealt with circumstances we never thought we’d be able to get out of but if we try – we can always find a way. People with physical disabilities are one such example. One might assume that their life stops because of what the universe has thrown their way but that is not at all true, and we have seen them taking that challenge head-on and finding a way to inspire so many others throughout the world. One such example of this bravery is wheelchair tennis.
We all know what tennis is – two people stand on opposite sides of a net and throw the ball running around the mat. Now imagine a handicapped person with a lifelong dream of playing tennis. Yes, there will be some difficulties and it will take a lot of practice to get used to it but in the end, it is not impossible. Also, all good things – all things that we want, require a lot of practice because only practice makes perfect.
The international tennis federation is always making ways and doing things to ensure that people all over the world who share a passion for this sport get to partake and enjoy and make their mark in the world. The rules are a little different to accommodate the players – for instance they are allowed two bounces.
And the best part is that Pakistan is now taking part in wheelchair tennis after 73 years. It was announced by the Pakistan Tennis Federation President Salim Saifullah Khan on Monday at the Union Club meeting. He said, “PTF is sending a wheelchair tennis team for the first time ever in 73 years to take part in ITF Wheelchair Tennis team event in Antalya this month.”
This news is very good because it will not only boost the confidence of the players that we already have but will also inspire all the other handicapped people in Pakistan, and give them the hope that the government and the people of Pakistan are not giving up on them, and they should not either.
Everyone has the right to follow their dreams, and we must all try what we can to ensure that we boost their confidence and clear the hurdles from their path, which will only make them shine better and brighter. May everyone get what they wish for, and have the courage to follow their dreams.