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Tennis: Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon tuneup for extra rest

AP , Wednesday 14 Jun 2017
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An emotional Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy as he celebrates winning his tenth French Open title against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka in three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, during their men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, June 11, 2017. (AP)
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French Open champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Queen's Club tournament, a warmup event for Wimbledon, saying he needs to rest.

Nadal said Tuesday in a statement: ''After speaking to my team and doctor, I have decided my body needs to rest if I am going to be ready to play Wimbledon.'' He apologized to tournament organizers and British fans.

Nadal won a record 10th French Open championship Sunday after also winning clay-court titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid over the last two months.

The Queen's Club event is one of the major grass-court tournaments leading up to Wimbledon. This year's field includes defending champion Andy Murray and runner-up Milos Raonic, as well as French Open runner-up Stan Wawrinka.

Nadal won the event in 2008.

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