Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the French Open.
Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the French Open. Julian Finney

Rafa resting up before Wimbledon bid

RAFAEL Nadal will have to defy history to land a third Wimbledon title after his withdrawal from the premier All England Club lead-up at Queen's Club.

Exhausted after notching a 10th French Open victory, Nadal told Aegon Championships organisers he had been advised by doctors to rest.

"I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able play Queen's next week,” the Spaniard said.

"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 doctor, 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.”

The decision means Nadal will not have any matches on grass before tackling Wimbledon from July 3.

Nadal contested five Wimbledon finals from 2006-11, winning in 2008 and 2010 - all after playing at Queen's Club.

Nadal won 24 of 25 matches on clay and snared a 10th Monte Carlo, 10th Barcelona and fifth Madrid crowns over the past two months in an epic surge.

The Aegon Championships field is led by world No 1 and defending champion Andy Murray, US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic. Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych.


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