RAFA Nadal is happy to return to a tournament which has been lucky for him.
Nadal has revealed he will link up with reigning champion Andy Murray in the Aegon Championships at QueenÈs Club from June 19-25.
The Spaniard went on to win his first of two Wimbledons weeks after lifting the 2008 title.
the people that organise the event at QueenÈs and the British crowds are fantastic, and it is the best way for me to be ready for Wimbledon.
Nadal, runner-up to Roger Federer in the recent Australian Open and a winner of 14 Grand Slams, said: I am very happy to be coming back to Queen’s in June. Winning the title in 2008 is a great memory for me, the people that organise the event at QueenÈs and the British crowds are fantastic, and it is the best way for me to be ready for Wimbledon.’
The former world No.1 made the last eight at least at QueenÈs while making five finals between 2006 and 2011
Aegon Championships tournament director Stephen Farrow said: Rafa is one of the greatest tennis players of all-time and one of the most popular ever to play at The QueenÈs Club.
To be able to add his name to that of the World No.1 Andy Murray in the Aegon Championships line-up in a year when we are expanding our Centre Court capacity by 30%, and just a week after reaching the final in Australia, is wonderful news for the tournament, our spectators and our sponsors.
Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand & Sponsorship, Aegon UK said: We are thrilled that Rafael Nadal has committed to playing the Aegon championships this summer. Everyone loves watching him play, and we look forward to seeing him in June.
Recently, Murray committed to the event for the rest of his career while the BBC pledged to cover it to 2024 at the earliest.
The Championships were voted ATP World Tour 500 tournament of the year by the players for the fourth time in a row in 2016.
And the award for the top media services of any ATP tournament in Europe.
* Tickets go on sale on February 23 at 10am. Hospitality packages: https://www.lta.org.uk/major-events/aegon-championships/hospitality/