Rafael Nadal is refusing to rest on his laurels and has announced that he will play at Queen’s next year as he prepares to defend his Wimbledon title (Nadal 6/4 to win Wimbledon 2011).
The world number one completed a full set of Grand Slam victories last week with a four-set success over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, with just the Australian Open missing from his 2010 trophy cabinet (Nadal 7/4 to win Australian Open 2011).
The 24-year-old has become almost unbeatable on clay and proved that he can handle hard courts with victory at Flushing Meadows, but many in the sport felt he might struggle on grass, with its unique properties of bounce and spin.
But the Majorcan has adapted well to conditions at SW19 and has claimed two titles at the All England Club to date.
Nadal would like to add to that tally and intends to play at the Aegon Championships in the lead-up to Wimbledon and hopes to do better than this year, when he was beaten by compatriot Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals.
“I love playing at Queen’s Club because it is a traditional club,” he said. “Every time I have played there I have felt very welcome because of the British people and their support, and because of the tournament organisers who are so good at their job.
“After the French Open, it is very important for me to feel the grass under my feet as soon as possible.
“I tried my best in every match this year (at The Queen’s Club) and was disappointed that I could not win the tournament, but I reached the quarter-finals and it definitely helped me to feel ready for Wimbledon.”