Nadal disclosed to Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association website that he had initially wanted to play the grass-court competition in London.
The Spaniard, who won at Queen’s in 2008, “I am very sorry to say that I am not going to be able play Queen’s next week. “I am sad to make this decision because I love Queen’s, I won the tournament in 2008 and every time I reached the Wimbledon final it was after playing Queen’s.”
“I was hoping to take some days off and then be ready, but at 31, and after a long clay court season with all of the emotions of Roland Garros, and after speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon.”
Local Hero and Top Seed Andy Murray will be hoping to defend his title at Queen’s. The field includes French Open Finalist Stan Wawrinka, who beat Murray in the semifinal at Roland Garros before losing to Nadal.