As thousands of us tune in to watch single and double matches in the lead up to the Wimbledon finals there’s a new game in town ready to be whacked over the net – Quads!
The world’s leading quad wheelchair competition will take place at the All England Club later this week building on the Wheelchair Tennis Championships which were launched in 2005 with the inaugural men’s wheelchair doubles.
In 2016 we saw the first wheelchair singles for men and women, but this year sees the introduction of the quad singles and doubles wheelchair tennis matches.
To qualify in the new event quad athletes must have impairments to their upper and lower limbs and permanent disabilities to at least three limbs in order to compete in the quad division.
Competitors are permitted to use powered wheelchairs if they have difficulty using a manual one and tape rackets to their hands if their grips are weak or use gloves.
Britain’s Andy Lapthorne will be taking to the court on Thursday, July 11th hoping to become the first quad tennis champion at Wimbledon following his win with American partner David Wagner last year when the dynamic duo beat South African Lucas Sithole and Australian Dylan Alcott.
Chief Executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), Richard Lewis, said: “We are delighted to be introducing quad wheelchair singles and doubles events, providing the quad wheelchair competitors with the opportunity to compete at Wimbledon.”
2019 is the first year all four major tennis Grand Slams have showcased quad tennis.
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