Quad wheelchair tennis will now feature at the Wimbledon Championships from 2019 ©Getty Images

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has announced that quad singles and doubles wheelchair tennis will be included in the Wimbledon Championships competition schedule from 2019.

This follows the quad doubles exhibition match which took place at Wimbledon this year, featuring David Wagner of the United States, Dylan Alcott of Australia, Great Britain's Andy Lapthorne and South Africa's Lucas Sithole.

"It's been a big goal of mine to play competitive wheelchair tennis at Wimbledon and we got a little taste this year with the doubles exhibition, which was amazing," said Lapthorne, the world number three and a Rio 2016 Paralympic silver medallist.

A quad doubles exhibition match took place at Wimbledon in 2018 ©Getty Images
A quad doubles exhibition match took place at Wimbledon in 2018 ©Getty Images

"Now the All England Club has given us the opportunity to play competitively next year.

"It's the biggest event that you can play in tennis, so we're all really pleased that the work that has gone into this becoming a reality has paid off."

The grass court Grand Slam already features men's and women's wheelchair tennis in singles and doubles.

"We are delighted to be introducing quad wheelchair singles and doubles events, providing the quad wheelchair competitors with the opportunity to compete at Wimbledon," Richard Lewis, chief executive of the AELTC, added.

The quad classification in wheelchair tennis is for competitors who have a loss of function in three or more extremities. 

Wheelchair tennis has been played at all four Grand Slams since 2007, and the quad event is already being played at the Australian Open and the US Open.