(February 9, 2016) Rafael Nadal will return to the grass of the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club, 13th-19th June.
The 14-time Grand Slam title winner lifted the Aegon Championships as part of an unprecedented treble with the French Open and Wimbledon titles in 2008. He joins defending champion Andy Murray in the line-up.
“I love playing at The Queen’s Club and I am very happy that I will be back this year,” said Nadal. “I will never forget winning the title in 2008, it was a special moment, and going on to win my first Wimbledon. It is a very important tournament, very well organised and on some of the best grass courts in the world. Holding that trophy again would be amazing although I am well aware of the difficulties because the tournament always has so many good players. With Wimbledon just one week after, it is also important to be playing at Queen’s because it offers the perfect conditions and allows me to be with the British fans who always have given me great support.”
Nadal has played at The Queen’s Club six times before. On the five occasions that he reached the Wimbledon final, he played at The Queen’s Club beforehand (2006, ’07, ’08, ’10 and ’11).
Tournament Director Stephen Farrow said:
“For Rafael Nadal to join our field of players so early is a huge boost to the Aegon Championships. He is one of greatest and most popular players that has ever picked up a tennis racquet, and we know that our ticket-holders will be excited at the prospect of seeing him. He will join our defending champion Andy Murray at The Queen’s Club, and we look forward to welcoming them both in June.
Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand, Sponsorship and Digital Marketing Aegon UK said: “Rafael Nadal is a global superstar and everyone loves watching him play, so this is fantastic news for the Aegon Championships. We very much looking forward to seeing him on the beautiful grass of The Queen’s Club in June.