Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Queen's for the third year in a row, but he is very likely to commit again to the British event in the future. Through his official Twitter account, Nadal furthermore commented on his decision, making a promise. 'Very sorry to announce this withdrawal but I have to take some rest according to my doctor after a long clay court season. Hope to see you next year at this great tennis and social event!', Nadal tweeted. He was saying exactly the same 12 months ago when he had withdrawn as well, which marks doubts on how much it can reliable, especially if he goes far at the French Open again.
The Tournament Director Stephen Farrow said: 'We are obviously disappointed that Rafa has decided that he is unable to play this year, but we wish him well and hope to see him on our courts in the future. At the same time, we are thrilled to have added Novak Djokovic to a line-up that already includes so many of the best players in the world. We remain on track for a fantastic week of tennis at the Fever-Tree Championships and we can’t wait to get started.'
Very sorry to announce this withdrawal but I have to take some rest according to my doctor after q long clay court season. Hope to see you next year at this great tennis and social event! https://t.co/m3O7izIDMq— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) 13 giugno 2018