French Open champ Nadal with­draws from Queen’s Club

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS -

LON­DON » French Open cham­pion Rafael Nadal has with­drawn from next week’s Queen’s Club tour­na­ment in an at­tempt to be ready for Wim­ble­don.

The No. 1-ranked Nadal won his 11th ti­tle at Roland Gar­ros on Sun­day. But af­ter play­ing 27 matches on clay the past two months, the 32-year- old Spa­niard feels he needs time to re­cover.

Nadal said in a state­ment: “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 have spo­ken to my doc­tors and I need to lis­ten to what my body is telling me.”

Queen’s is one of the main warm-up tour­na­ments for Wim­ble­don, which be­gins on July 2.

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