Nadal opts out of Aegon Championships

World number 2, Rafael Nadal, has withdrawn from the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club after being advised to rest by his doctor.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, winner of a record 10th French Open on Sunday, said he had had a “long clay court season’’.

“My body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon,’’ the world number two said.

“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 at the Queen’s,” Nadal, who won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, added.

The Aegon Championships start on June 19, ahead of the Wimbledon event which starts on July 3.

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