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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Queen’s but insists he will be fit for Wimbledon

• French Open champion skips Queen’s on doctor’s advice
• ‘My body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon’

Rafael Nadal on Tuesday night withdrew from the Aegon Championships at Queen’s, which starts next weekend, on doctor’s advice, but insists he will be fit for Wimbledon at the end of the month.

Nadal, who won his 10th French Open on Sunday, said: “I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able play Queen’s next week. I was hoping to take some days off and then be ready. But, at 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.

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