Rafael Nadal commits at playing at The Queen’s Club in London this June

Rafael Nadal commits at playing at The Queen’s Club in London this June

Rafael Nadal makes his way back to the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club in London, England later this year and the tournament will be one of his warm-up events in time for the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

“I love playing at The Queen’s Club and I am very happy that I will be back this year. I will never forget winning the title in 2008, it was a special moment, and going on to win my first Wimbledon,” Nadal said about his upcoming stint in London,” Nadal said via Tennis Panorama.

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“It is a very important tournament, very well organised and on some of the best grass courts in the world. Holding that trophy again would be amazing although I am well aware of the difficulties because the tournament always has so many good players. With Wimbledon just one week after, it is also important to be playing at Queen’s because it offers the perfect conditions and allows me to be with the British fans who always have given me great support.”

The Aegon Championships is set from June 13 to 19 while the 2016 Wimbledon Championships is scheduled from June 26 to July 10.

Among those who committed this early to playing at The Queen’s Club is Nadal’s rival, Andy Murray. Nadal will be appearing in the tournament for the seventh time and won the title in 2008.

Last year, Murray won the title beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the championship round.

“For Rafael Nadal to join our field of players so early is a huge boost to the Aegon Championships. He is one of greatest and most popular players that has ever picked up a tennis racquet, and we know that our ticket-holders will be excited at the prospect of seeing him,” Aegon Championships Tournament Director Stephen Farrow said of Nadal’s commitment to join the tournament.

Nadal is participating this week at the 2016 Argentina Open and looking to defend his title in Buenos Aires after winning the same event last year. Nadal’s most recent performance was a disappointing first round exit at the 2016 Australian Open.

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