Rafael Nadal won’t feature in the Fever-Tree Championship after all as he has pulled out of the tournament.
The Spaniard was set to be part of the strongest-ever field at Queen’s Club this year, but he has withdrawn as he has been advised to take more time off on the back of his latest French Open title success.
“I would like to say sorry to the tournament organisers and most of all to the fans that were hoping to see me play, but I have spoken to my doctors and I need to listen to what my body is telling me,” he said.
“Queen’s is a great event, I have happy memories of winning the title in 2008 and I wanted to come back this year.
“But it has been a very long clay-court season for me with great results.”
It means he has now withdrawn from the Queen’s Club event the last three years and he will once again head to Wimbledon without any grass-court preparation.
“We are obviously disappointed that Rafa has decided that he is unable to play this year, but we wish him well and hope to see him on our courts in the future,” , tournament director Stephen Farrow said.
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