Roland Garros champion Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club after advice from his doctors to rest. The Spanish world number two is back to his best after being hampered by torn wrist tendonin at last year Wimbledon and claimed a 10th Roland Garros crown on Sunday after winning titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid over the past two months. After beating Stan Wawrinka in Paris on Sunday, Nadal acknowledged that he has struggled on the grass for the last few years. He has not been past the fourth round at Wimbledon since 2011.
“I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able to 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 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. Juan Martin Del-Potro has decided to play Queens.
“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 doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon.”
I'm very sorry to say that I'm not going to be able play Queen’s next week. I am sad to make this decision. https://t.co/TNczE7Iifv
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 13, 2017