Sport Nadal planning to play at Queen's in 2018

06:21  07 february  2018
06:21  07 february  2018 Source:

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World number one Rafael Nadal is planning to play the Aegon Championships at Queen's for the first time in seven years.

The Spanish 16-time grand slam champion claimed the ATP World Tour title in 2008, but has opted for different preparation for Wimbledon since last playing the event in 2011.

Nadal, 31, has struggled in his past five Wimbledon appearances, failing to go beyond the fourth round.

The two-time champion at the All England Club said he was aiming to play at Queen's in 2018.

"I am very excited to communicate that I am going to come to Queen's in 2018," Nadal said.

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"I always loved playing at The Queen ' s Club and I am very happy that I will be back this year," said the Spaniard, who has reached the Wimbledon final directly after each of his five appearances at Queen ' s . Read. Next Nadal to play in Miami despite ankle injury. February 2, 2018 22:49.

In June, the Spaniard will turn 32 and he only plans to play a total of 18 tournaments in 2018 , which is two less than the previous year. Nadal does plan to play at Queen ' s in order to prepare himself for another tilt at the Wimbledon title.

"It is going to be the 10th anniversary of my victory in 2008, it's a great memory, winning there and three weeks later winning Wimbledon.

"It was an unforgettable year. I am very excited to be coming back and playing Queen’s again."

Nadal made five Wimbledon finals between 2006 and 2011, reaching the quarter-finals at Queen's in the lead-up to each of those.

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