Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Aegon championships at Queen’s Club, the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event, due to the wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the French Open last week.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion said then that he could tear a tendon if he did not rest and hoped to recover in time for Wimbledon, which he has won twice.
The grass court Aegon championships start on June 13, with Wimbledon starting on June 27.
“I am very sad that my wrist injury means that I cannot play at The Queen’s Club this year,” Nadal said in a statement on the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) website on Wednes.day. (www.lta.org.uk)
“It is a tournament and a club that I love, I enjoy playing in front of the British people, and I was looking forward to trying to win the title for a second time,” he added.
“I wish everyone at the tournament a great week, and I look forward to returning in future years.”
Nadal’s career has been plagued by injury. Tendinitis in his knees prevented him from defending his Wimbledon title in 2009 and the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist also missed the 2012 London Games because of knee injury. His latest injury comes at a time when he was finally regaining some semblance of his old form ever since returning to the tour after wrist issues and appendicitis surgery at the start of 2015.