Aspall Tennis Classic at Hurlingham will take place between June 25-28, serving as the last preparation for many players ahead of third Grand Slam of the season at Wimbledon. World no. 2 and two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal has joined the energetic field, seeking challenging matches ahead of the biggest event of the season, not entering Halle or Queen's this year.
Held every year since 1994 at Hurlingham Club (founded in 1869) in London, the tournament has gathered an impressive field of players and it should be the same next week, with Nick Kyrgios, Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, Lucas Pouille, Felix Auger-Aliassime entering the action, together with promising juniors Marin Damm and Carlos Alcaraz Garfia.
Nadal will make his eighth appearance at Aspall Tennis Classic, ready to play on Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th and shape up his form ahead of Wimbledon where he lost that epic semi-final battle against Novak Djokovic 12 months ago.
After five disappointing runs at the All England Club between 2012-2017 (only eight wins in total), Nadal had played on a very high level last July, hoping for even better performance in two weeks, confident after winning the 12th Roland Garros crown and the 18th Major overall.
In the previous years, Nadal was forced to cancel the participation at Queen's or Halle and this time he has decided to stay at home in Mallorca after Paris, working on a grass court and make the best possible preparation for Wimbledon that will kick off on July 1.
“I am always happy to play at The Hurlingham Club and be close to UK tennis fans. It is a prestigious ground in one of the best settings in the UK, making it the perfect way to warm up for Wimbledon,” Nadal said.