10-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s edition of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club after being advised to ‘rest’ by his doctor.
By SportBrief Reporter
The 31-year-old Spaniard, who etched his name into the tennis record books by winning a record 10th French Open on Sunday, said he had had a “long clay court season”.
Nadal has been unplayable at the clay court this season, picking up accolades for every time he has played there.
And the Spaniard explained that he will not be taking part in the tournament as he needed to prepare for Wimbledon.
“My body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon,” said world number two Nadal, Wimbledon champion in 2008 and 2010.
The Aegon Championships start on 19 June, and Wimbledon on 3 July.
Nadal added: “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.”
News of the Spaniard non-participation at the tournament will certainly be welcomed by fellow competing tennis players such has been the dominance of the 31-year old on clay.
This very much blows the tournament wide open with no clear favourite to lift the title with Britain’s Andy Murray, the world number one, looking to defend his title at the Aegon Championships, which will feature four of the world’s top 10 men.