The All England Club (AELCT), Wimbledon, has announced the staging of a Quad Wheelchair Doubles Exhibition event for The Championships 2018.
The exhibition aims to recognise the importance of quad wheelchair tennis to the global game and will be held during the second week of The Championships 2018. It is intended to be a stepping stone towards the introduction of quad singles and doubles at Wimbledon in the future.
The year´s third Grand Slam has staged doubles competitions since 2005, and recently added singles events in 2016.
Richard Lewis CBE, Chief Executive of the AELTC, said: “We are proud to be introducing a Quad Wheelchair Doubles Exhibition event to The Championships in 2018. We have been delighted with the success of the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Wheelchair Singles and Doubles events and look forward to monitoring the success of this exhibition with a view to further expanding the presence of Quad Wheelchair tennis at The Championships in the years to come.”
Andy Lapthorne, Quad Wheelchair British No.1 and Paralympic silver medallist, added: “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. As a Londoner, it is something that I have campaigned for and I massively appreciate the Club giving us the chance to showcase quad 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.”
USA´s quad world No.1 and Paralympic champion David Wagner said: “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.”
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