Nadal no to Queen’s

ROUND-UP French Open champ pulls out after ad­vice from docs

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

RAFAEL Nadal has with­drawn from the Fev­ertree Cham­pi­onships at Queen’s Club, just days after win­ning his 11th French Open ti­tle.

It is the third con­sec­u­tive year the world No 1 has en­tered the tour­na­ment, which be­gins on Mon­day, only to pull out be­fore the start.

Nadal said: “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.

“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.”

Queen’s or­gan­is­ers an­nounced the strong­est line-up in the tour­na­ment’s his­tory and will now wait to hear whether Andy Mur­ray will fol­low Nadal in with­draw­ing.

Mur­ray is ex­pected to de­cide in the next cou­ple of days whether to make his come­back from hip surgery.

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