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Nadal to miss Wimbledon warm-up at Queen's

AFP  |  London 

has withdrawn from next week's warm-up event at as the world number one takes a break following his latest triumph.

Nadal crushed to clinch his 11th title on Sunday, but the Spaniard hinted after the final that the toll on his body might force him to miss part of the grass-court campaign.

The 32-year-old is drained after playing 27 matches on clay over the last two months and, after consulting with his medical team, he confirmed on Wednesday that he won't play at Queen's this year.

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

"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 has admitted he finds it hard to make the transition from clay to grass, with the low bounce on the surface in England often threatening to aggravate the that have plagued him in the latter stages of his glittering career.

It is the third consecutive year Nadal has entered Queen's only to pull out before it has started.

"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

Nadal has won three of the last five Grand Slams, taking two years in a row and lifting in 2017.

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He enjoyed another golden period on his favoured clay this year, claiming the French Open, Monte Carlo, and titles.

But his absence from Queen's and the subsequent lack of match practice on grass will raise doubts about his chances of a third title at Wimbledon, which gets under way on July 2.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion last won at the in 2010 and hasn't been past the last 16 since 2011.

is the reigning champion and the Swiss legend, who secured in January, will be firmly favoured to win his favourite tournament for a ninth time after resting during the clay campaign.

In Nadal's absence, struggling former world number one Novak Djokovic is currently the biggest name in the Queen's draw after accepting a wild card entry earlier this week.

still hopes to return from in time to play at Queen's after being sidelined since last year.

The former world number one is expected to reveal whether he will feature at Queen's by the weekend.

Juan Martin del Potro, Stan Wawrinka, and are among the other big names competing in the prestigious west event.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 22:25 IST
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