Tennis - The French Tennis Federation has announced that Roland Garros will be adding two new events for the 2019 edition - the quad singles and doubles wheelchair tennis events. The announcement comes months after the All England Club made added the quad events for the Wimbledon Championships in 2019.
World Number 3 and Rio Paralympic silver medallist Lapthorne commented during the Wimbledon announcement, “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.
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 in tennis, so we’re all really pleased that the work that has gone into this becoming a reality has paid off”.
Jean-Pierre Limborg, from the French Tennis Federation, commented, "We are delighted to introduce a quad wheelchair tennis event at Roland Garros from 2019 and look forward to welcoming the division’s elite players onto the clay courts alongside the competitors for the men’s and women’s divisions”.
Currently, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour consists of more than 160 tournaments in more than 40 countries with combined total prize money $2.5 million. According to the ITF website, Players are eligible to compete in the wheelchair tennis quad division if they have a permanent physical disability that results in substantial loss of function in three or more extremities and that fulfils the sport’s Minimum Impairment Criteria.