Nadal targets Queens return 10 years on from historic treble

The World No.1 Rafael Nadal has announced his intention to return to The Queen’s Club Championships 18-24 June, 10 years after lifting the giant silver trophy as part of an historic French Open-Queen’s-Wimbledon treble.

In 2008, Nadal arrived from Paris with the Roland Garros title, beat Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5 in one of the best finals The Queen’s Club has witnessed, and then went on to win his first Wimbledon title in what is widely regarded as the greatest-ever final.

“I am very excited to communicate that I am going to come to Queen’s in 2018,” said Nadal. “It is going to be the 10th anniversary of my victory in 2008, it’s a great memory, winning there and three weeks later winning Wimbledon. It was an unforgettable year. “I am very excited to be coming back and playing Queen’s again.”

Nadal joins five-time champion Andy Murray in declaring his intention to play at The Queen’s Club. Murray hopes to launch his return to tennis at The Queen’s Club Championships — the most successful tournament of his career - after undergoing hip surgery in January.

Nadal’s best performances at Wimbledon have always come after he has played at The Queen’s Club. He reached the Wimbledon final five times between 2006 and 2011, winning in 2008 and 2010, and making the quarterfinals at Queen’s prior to each of those appearances at The Championships.

Stephen Farrow, Tournament Director, said: “We are delighted that Rafa is planning to return to The Queen’s Club in 2018. His run ten years ago, when he won at Roland Garros, Queen’s and Wimbledon, will never be forgotten. To see him back at the top of the world rankings a decade later is a testament to his greatness and desire to achieve even more.” The Queen’s Club Championships will be live on BBC television, radio and online, 18th-24th June.