Rafael Nadal signs up for Queen’s

Rafael Nadal won the Queen's Club title a decade ago

Rafael Nadal will hope to make it third time lucky after signing up for The Queen’s Club Championships this summer.

The world number one was forced to pull out of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament the last two years, suffering a wrist injury in 2016 and then prioritising rest after his French Open victory last summer.

But Nadal, the champion in 2008, intends to be in west London for this year’s tournament, which begins on June 18.

He said: “I am very excited to communicate that I am going to come to Queen’s in 2018. 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.”

Andy Murray has a contract to play the tournament for the rest of his career and is hoping to make his return from hip surgery.

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