Rafael Nadal withdraws from Queen’s. The 2008 Queen’s champion was planning to return at Queen’s after playing at Halle for the last couple of years. The Spaniard decided that his body needs to rest in order to be fully recovered for Wimbledon. Therefore, Rafael Nadal withdraws from Queen’s next week.

“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. I was hoping to take some days off and then be ready, but at 31, and after a long clay court season with all of the emotions of Roland Garros, and after speaking to my team and doctors, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon. Sorry to all the great fans in Britain and to the tournament organisers. I hope to see you at Queen’s next year.”

Back to 2008, Nadal defeated in the final his great rival, Djokovic, with 7-6 7-5.

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Queen’s, Murray in pole position to defend title

As Rafael Nadal withdraws from Queen’s, Andy Murray should win the tournament as he is the top seed. He wants to defend the titles won in 2015 and 2016.

Rafa Nadal played 5 consecutive finals at Wimbledon, everyone of them coming after playing at Queen’s Aegon Championships. In 2008 and 2010, Rafa won the tournament at Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. In the press conference after winning Roland Garros, Rafa said that if his knees are okay, then he might have a chance at Wimbledon. Otherwise, it will be impossible for him to compete well. This is probably another reason why the King of Clay decided to skip Queen’s.

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