LONDON: French Open champion Rafael Nadal says he will miss next weekâ€™s tournament at Queenâ€™s Club as he needs to rest ahead of Wimbledon.
Nadal told Britainâ€™s Lawn Tennis Association website that he had originally planned to play the grass-court tournament in London.
But he added that â€œat 31, and after a long clay court season with all of the emotions of Roland Garros, and after speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon.â€
Top-ranked Andy Murray will be looking to defend his title at Queenâ€™s. The field includes US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat Murray in the semi-finals at Roland Garros before losing to Nadal in Sundayâ€™s final.
Wimbledon starts on July 3 at the All England Club.