Nadal withdraws from Queen's tourney
14 Jun 2017 - 22:10
London: French Open champion Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week's Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club after advice from his doctors to rest, organisers announced on Tuesday.
“I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able play Queen’s next week. I am sad to make this decision because I love Queen’s, I won the tournament in 2008 and every time I reached the Wimbledon final it was after playing Queen’s," said Nadal.
The Spanish world number two is back to his best after being hampered by injuries in recent years and claimed a 10th Roland Garros crown on Sunday after winning titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid over the past two months.
“I was hoping to take some days off and then be ready, but at 31, and after a long claycourt season with all of the emotions of Roland Garros, and after speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon."
The Aegon Championships will feature world number one and defending champion Andy Murray, US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, 2014 winner Grigor Dimitrov, and last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic. Wimbledon begins on July 3.
Nadal also became the first player to book his place at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.
Nadal has claimed four titles on the tour this year, winning 46 matches and losing just six in a stellar 2017. Nadal has never won the event, but finished runner-up in 2010 and 2013, losing out to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, respectively.