Andy Lapthorne is among the competitors at the LTA Wheelchair Team Battle ©LTA

Reigning Grand Slam champions Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Jordanne Whiley and Andy Lapthorne are all featuring at the inaugural Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Wheelchair Team Battle.

Competition began today at the National Tennis Centre in London and will run until Thursday (December 17).

The 15 players have been split into two teams - Lionhearts and The Knights - and will contest singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches. 

Alongside Hewett, Reid, Whiley and Lapthorne are a number of rising stars from the LTA's national age-group programme. 

Reid, who won the Australian Open men’s doubles titles this season with Hewett, will face his partner in a singles contest. 

The world number three and world number five will replay September's clash at the LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series, which Hewett won 7-5, 7-5. 

"I’m really looking forward to it," Reid said.

"I think it’s a good opportunity not only for a bit of competitive match play but also to get everybody on the wheelchair programme together. 

"We often don’t get a lot of time to spend with each other, so to get a mixture of the juniors, men, women and quads together and have some friendly competitiveness will continue to build that team spirit we’ve been building over the last few years."

Reid and Hewett will also feature in a mixed doubles fixture against each other when they partner Lucy Shuker and Whiley respectively. 

Wiley triumphed at both the US Open and Australian Open this year. 

Dahnon Ward, who recently won the International Tennis Federation’s inaugural Junior Player of the Year award, has a clash against two-time US Open quad singles champion Lapthorne.

Matches from the Wheelchair Team Battle will be broadcast live across the LTA website and social channels. 

With numerous wheelchair tennis events postponed or cancelled, and uncertainly remaining over the exact dates for the Australian Open, the Wheelchair Team Battle gives players a rare opportunity to face other elite competitors in competitive conditions.