Rafael Nadal will not play at the Queen’s Club in west London
Nadal has played Queen’s, the traditional Wimbledon warm-up tournament for many players, five times previously and won his sole title back in 2008.
On that occasion he beat Novak Djokovic in the final and the Serb has already confirmed his attendance at this year’s event.
Nadal hinted after winning his 11th French Open title on Sunday, beating Dominic Thiem in straight sets, that he might need a significant break after a busy clay-court season.
And the world No 1 confirmed that he would not head to the Fever Tree Championships – although he appears still to be planning on playing Wimbledon.
“Queen’s is a great event, I have happy memories of winning the title in 2008 and I wanted to come back this year,” said Nadal.
“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.”
Nadal played, in his own words, “ a long and mentally tough clay-court season” in which he won titles in Barcelona, Rome and of course Roland Garros, with his only defeat coming against Thiem in Madrid.
But it now remains to be seen whether Nadal will take on Roger Federer at Wimbledon, although the Spaniard did not play at Queen’s last year and was still fit for the tournament in SW19.
Tournament director Stephen Farrow said: “We are obviously disappointed that Rafa has decided that he is unable to play this year, but we wish him well and hope to see him on our courts in the future.
“At the same time, we are thrilled to have added Novak Djokovic to a line-up that already includes so many of the best players in the world.
“We remain on track for a fantastic week of tennis at the Fever-Tree Championships and we can’t wait to get started.”
Roger Federer meanwhile will head to London for Wimbledon fresh after taking the clay-court season off.
The world No 2 is playing his traditional warm-up for the tournament, in Stuttgart this week and Halle next.