My name is Ayako Matsui.
I am a special advisor to the International Blind Tennis Association (IBTA).
I teach children with visual impairements in Saitama ,near Tokyo.
Blind tennis was created in Japan and the first tournament was held in 1990 at a time when tennis for the blind was thought to be impossible in other countries.
I started to teach visually impaired 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 tennis players for the inaugural promotion in January, 2007,
followed by Korea in the same year, ,Taiwan in 2008, China in 2009 and in 2010.
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 athletes 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' on Facebook.
It is an open group. Please visit our Facebook, join us, and share information.