Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal believes his body needs a rest

Nadal completed yet another dominant clay season by winning the French Open on Sunday, beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to claim his 11th title at Roland Garros.

The so-called “King of Clay” also won tournaments in Monaco, Barcelona and Rome with his only defeat coming against Thiem in Madrid.

But after 21 matches in the space of eight weeks, Nadal has pulled out of Queen’s, his preferred warm-up tournament for Wimbledon.

“Very sorry to announce this withdrawal but I have to take some rest according to my doctor after q long clay court season. Hope to see you next year at this great tennis and social event,” Nadal wrote on Twitter.

He added: “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.”

More to follow.

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