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Rafael Nadal’s pre-Wimbledon plans revealed after rest decision | Tennis | Sport

On Sunday, Nadal won his 12th French Open in impressive fashion as he beat Dominic Thiem in four sets.

And afterwards, the Spaniard revealed he did not intend on playing a grass court tournament before he arrives at SW19 because he wanted to rest his legs.

He said: “I know I played a great event last year. I have been able to be very close to win another title there.

“As everybody knows, I love to play on grass. And as everybody knows, I am not able to play so many weeks in a row like I did 10 years ago, eight years ago. So I have to do my schedule.

“The last two years that I played in Wimbledon, I felt close again. Even though I lost to Gilles Muller in 2017, I played great tennis there too.

“I was very close to being in the quarter-finals, and last year I was one point away from the final.

“So I will not play before Wimbledon, of course. I felt competitive the last couple of years, so why do I need to change that?

“What gives me a better chance is being healthy more than playing a lot of matches before.”

But despite his decision not to play a tournament, Nadal will be getting plenty of work done on the grass.

Spanish publication Marca say the 33-year-old is planning to rest over the next few days following his exploits in Paris.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion will then hit the courts at the WTA Mallorca Open, which is being held at the Santa Ponca Country Club and where his uncle Toni is the tournament director, and use them to prepare for Wimbledon.

Last year, Nadal trained at the country club and then went on to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Amanda Anisimova are among the WTA stars set to play at the event.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray feels Nadal is among a three-man battle with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon.

“I think the winner will come from those three,” he said.

“I guess it’s possible that some of the guys with huge serves could potentially go on a run and there will maybe be some upsets early on.

“If those guys are fit and healthy and get through the first few rounds, I would expect one of them to come through.”



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