|Born||August 18, 1981|
|Citizenship||United States of America|
|Occupation||Amputee Tennis Player|
Jeff Bourns (born August 18, 1981) is a former American Amputee Tennis Player. He was the first American to compete in International Adaptive Standing Tennis Tournaments around the world. He retired from competitive tennis play in 2019, Ranked Fourth in the World in his category.
Jeff was born in Parkersburg, WV in 1981 with a congenital birth defect to his right leg, known as Tibial Hemimelia. As a result his leg was amputated below the knee when he was two years old. His leg was amputated once again, above the knee, after his family relocated to Houston, TX when he was 9. A year later it was discovered he had Tethered spinal cord syndrome. He developed bacterial spinal meningitis while recovering from the operation. Bourns attended Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, TX. He played the Euphonium in the marching band and competed on his High School tennis team playing against other able-bodied students. Bourns graduated from San Jacinto College where he was a member of FBLA-PBL and placed first in Texas at a competition at Texas A&M University. In 2015 Bourns started an Amputee Tennis Program at Houston's Metropolitan Multi-Service Center. One of the first of its kind in the United States he partnered with the United States Tennis Association of Texas,(USTA). He was the first Adaptive Athlete in his category appointed to serve on a USTA committee and was charged with helping pioneer and grow the sport of tennis for Amputees. In 2016 he helped organize the First International Adaptive Standing Tennis Tournament to take place in the United States, the USA TAP Open, with Houston, Texas playing host. The USA TAP Open popularized and pioneered a new category of tennis for individuals in the United States.
In the media
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- Garofalo, Suzanne (10 September 2018). "Amputee Eyes Recognition for Adaptive Tennis". Press Reader. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
- Garofalo, Suzanne (9 September 2018). "Clear Lake Amputee Tennis Pro Jeff Bourns pushing for Recognition of Adaptive Sport". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
- Hochnadel, Laura (24 December 2015). "STAND-UP ADAPTIVE TENNIS TOURNAMENT IN CHILE: INCREDIBLE TALENT". The O&P EDGE. Western Media LLC. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
- "San Jacinto students take business honors". Houston Chronicle. 12 June 2003. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
- "USTA TEXAS APPOINTS STAND-UP AMPUTEE TENNIS PLAYER TO ITS ADAPTIVE TENNIS COMMITTEE". The O&P EDGE. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
- "ADAPTIVE STANDING TENNIS:A NEW WAY TO PLAY". www.usta.com. National USTA Adaptive Tennis Committee. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2021.