LONDON, February 7, 2018
Organizers of The Queen’s Club Championships announced on Tuesday evening that Rafael Nadal will return to the ATP 500 grass court event, held from 18 to 24 June 2018 in London.
“I am very excited to communicate that I am going to come to Queen’s in 2018” said Nadal. “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.”
Seven different players have completed The Queen’s Club-Wimbledon title double in the same year, including John McEnroe (1981, ’84), Jimmy Connors (’82), Boris Becker (’85), Pete Sampras (’95, ’99), Lleyton Hewitt (2002), Rafael Nadal (2008) and Andy Murray (2013, ’16).
The Spaniard beat Novak Djokovic in the 2008 Queen’s final. His last appearance here was in 2015, when Nadal fell to Alexandr Dologopolov in the opening round.
The World No. 1 from Spain joins five-time champion Andy Murray in declaring his intention to play at the historic grass court event. The 30-year-old Briton hopes to launch his return from injury at The Queen’s Club Championships, which has been the most successful tournament of his career.