Rafael Nadal will be returning to Queen’s this summer for the first time since 2001, the historic grass event announced today. Nadal, who had been playing in Halle along with Roger Federer due to tax reasons,has played at The Queen’s Club five times before, winning the title in 2008. After each appearance he has gone on to reach the Wimbledon final (2006, ’07, ’08, ’10 and ’11).
“I always loved playing at The Queen’s Club and I am very happy that I will be back this year,” said Nadal. “It was a great experience for me to lift the trophy in 2008 because it is such an important and traditional tournament. To win Wimbledon a few weeks later was like a dream. Coming to the Aegon Championships helps with the adjustment from clay to grass because the grass courts at Queen’s are so good. It is also a tournament where the people are very nice – the organisers and of course the spectators who always make me feel very welcome in London.”
The tournament begins on June 21. This is the first year there is a 3-week break between the French and Wimbledon.
Nadal is training in Miami seeking his first career title there.
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