Rafael Nadal withdraws from Aegon Championship at Queen's Club

"I think Rafa winning the French Open is less of a surprise because he'd done it nine times before".

However, in the wake of his straight sets win over Stan Wawrinka in the final, Nadal has announced that he will skip his planned Wimbledon warm-up. This is the only Grand Slam where the Swiss player didn't win.

"I've had a great season so far and I am happy to have already qualified for London", the Spaniard told the ATP website.

A year ago when Nadal had barely been able to bring himself to watch the French Open final on TV and abandoned the 2016 tournament due to his wrist injury everybody feared that it could be the end of Rafa's career.

The 32 year old is the 12 man to win a Grand Slam at over the age of 30.

"I only have myself to blame for that, for the way I played coming into the tournament".

Despite Nadal's absence, a high-quality field remains.

The Swede added that Federer's absence at Roland Garros gave him the luxury of not having his confidence dented by an imperious Nadal, who didn't drop a set and lost just 35 games in Paris. He made his debut at Roland Garros in 2005 as a teenager and beat Mariano Puerta in the final. The unpredictability of the slow surface, the windy open conditions inside Roland Garros, coupled with the disruptions due to inclement weather (the French Open is the only major without a retractable roof on their main show court), make the tournament one of the hardest to win consistently. "I hope to see you at Queen's next year".

"I need to have strong and powerful legs to play well at Wimbledon".

While Serena Williams has served as the face of women's tennis for the best part of two decades, Jelena Ostapenko's improbable French Open success this time around belatedly signals the arrival of the next generation of stars. "That's for sure", said Wawrinka, who had won 11 matches in a row on clay.

Nadal's resurgence is one of the tennis storylines of 2017 along with the similar rejuvenation of Federer who defeated him in the Australian Open final in January.

He said: "I want to progress". He is 2,605 points behind Murray, but could catch the Scot by the end of Wimbledon.

"For me, 10 is unbelievable", he said.

It's his first Grand Slam in three years and his 15 overall.

BRITISH number one Johanna Konta is not going to burden herself with expectations during the Wimbledon and would rather focus on giving her best during next month's grasscourt Grand Slam.

Vanessa Coleman

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