Nadal aborts Queen's bid

13 June 2018 15:55:05 EST

Rafael Nadal has announced his decision to withdraw from next week's Fever-Tree Championships at the Queen's Club in London, the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event.

The world number one secured his 11th French Open title on Sunday and said he needed to rest before next month's grand slam at the All-England Club.

Nadal won the Queen's Club title ten years ago but hasn't appeared since losing in the first round to Russia's Alexandr Dolgopolov three years ago.

He said he needs time to recover following a gruelling clay-court season.

It has been a very long clay-court season for me with great results.

Rafael Nadal

"I have spoken to my doctors and need to listen to what my body is telling me," the 32-year-old Spaniard said.

"I would like to say sorry to the tournament organisers and the fans that were hoping to see me play."

Novak Djokovic announced this week he would play at the Queen's Club for the first time in eight years and Nadal has been praising the event.

"Queen's is a great event, I have happy memories of winning the title in 2008 and I wanted to come back this year," added Nadal. "But it has been a very long clay-court season for me with great results."

Nadal is 7/1 to win his third Wimbledon title at SW19 next month. He stated after his Paris win that matching Roger Federer's Grand Slam tally isn't something that motivates him.

The Majorcan did add that he'd love to surpass Federer's current tally of 20. Nadal has 17 following Sunday's win over Dominic Thiem.

Federer is 7/4 to win Wimbledon next month, while Djokovic is 5/1 to regain the crown he last held in 2015.

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