World number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s Fever-Tree Championship at Queen’s Club as his fitness fears continue to grow, according to a report on the Daily Mail.
Nadal has endured a gruelling clay-court season which has seen him win the Monte Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open, Italian Open and French Open.
The Spaniard was visibly in discomfort during his French Open final on Sunday against Dominic Thiem and needed to receive treatment multiple times on his forearm and fingers.
However, he powered on and secured his 11th title at Roland Garros but he is now a doubt to participate in this year’s Wimbledon.
I have spoken to my doctors and I need to listen to what my body is telling me.
I would like to say sorry to the tournament organisers and the fans that were hoping to see me play,
Queen’s is a great event, I have happy memories of winning the title in 2008 and I wanted to come back this year.
This is the third year in succession that Nadal has withdrawn from the Queens Club tournament.
Nadal revealed that he would rest and then make a decision about participating in the prestigious tournament or not.
With Roger Federer returning to action after skipping the clay-court season, Nadal’s world number one position is back under threat.