French Open champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Queen’s Club tournament, the major warmup event for Wimbledon, saying he is following his doctor’s recommendation.
I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon. Rafa Nadal
The 31-year-old Spaniard said Tuesday in a statement: “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 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.”
Nadal won a record 10th French Open championship Sunday after also winning clay-court titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid over the last two months.
As one of the major lead-in tournaments to Wimbledon, the field remains an exceptional one led by the World No.1 and defending champion Andy Murray, the reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, 2014 winner Grigor Dimitrov, and last year’s runner-up Milos Raonic. Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic and Tomas Berdych will also feature in the draw.
Britain’s Kyle Edmund has gained a direct entry for the first time following the withdrawal of Diego Schwartzman through injury. Edmund, ranked 44, had previously been awarded a wild card.