Rafael Nadal withdraws from Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club
Last Updated: 18/06/18 11:45am
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club.
The world No 1 won a record-extending 11th French Open at Roland Garros on Sunday to cap a hugely successful clay-court campaign which saw him lose only one match.
Nadal was initially named as part of the strongest entry list in the tournament's history but revealed he would evaluate his Wimbledon build-up after his victory in Paris.
I have spoken to my doctors and I need to listen to what my body is telling me.
"Queen's is a great event, I have happy memories of winning the title in 2008 and I wanted to come back this year," said Nadal, who has not indicated whether he will feature at Wimbledon next month.
"But it has been a very long clay-court season for me with great results. 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."
Nadal's decision means it is the third consecutive year the Spaniard has pulled out of the event in London, which he won in 2008 as part of a memorable trio of triumphs including the French Open and a first Wimbledon title.
"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," said tournament director, Stephen Farrow.
Novak Djokovic accepted a late wild card into the tournament on Monday, which sees the former world No 1 feature at Queen's Club for the first time since 2010.
There remains uncertainty over whether five-time champion Andy Murray will return from his near year-long spell on the sidelines through a hip injury.
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