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Quad event to make Wimbledon debut

Quad event to make Wimbledon debut
Andy Lapthorne forehand

Quad wheelchair tennis doubles will be added to the Wimbledon schedule as an exhibition event for 2018, with a view to "further expansion in the years to come".

The exhibition will be held during the second week of The Championships, with stars of the sport such as Britain's Andy Lapthorne - a long-term advocate of the move - and Lucy Shuker in line to feature.

Wheelchair doubles has been part of Wimbledon since 2005, with the singles event added last year.

"It’s fantastic to hear that Wimbledon will be inviting the top quad players to play an exhibition event in 2018, with a view, if all goes well, to introducing singles and doubles for Quads in the near future," said Lapthorne.

"As a Londoner, it is something that I have campaigned for and I massively appreciate the Club giving us the chance to showcase Quad Wheelchair tennis. This is a huge moment for our division and pivotal to developing the Quad game globally – what better way to grow it than to play at what is the greatest tennis tournament in the world?"

World number one David Wagner added: “I am excited to hear that the ITF Quad division is being given the opportunity to compete in an exhibition event at Wimbledon in 2018.

"As a veteran of the division this is a dream come true for me, and one we have worked long and hard for to make a reality. I look forward to showcasing the best tennis I can, and continuing to promote the Quad division to other quadriplegics who thought wheelchair tennis wasn’t an option for them."

Quad wheelchair tennis is for competitors who have impairment to both upper and lower limbs, and thus their ability to control the wheelchair and the racket is more limited than those in the Open Wheelchair tennis class, particularly on a surface such as grass.