London - Rafael Nadal will start his bid to win a third Wimbledon title by
returning to the grass-court tournament at Queen's Club later this year.
a 14-time Grand Slam champion, has reached the Wimbledon final in each
of the five years he played at Queen's, but UK tax laws forced the world
number three to turn his back on the west London event.
28-year-old Spaniard had instead prepared for Wimbledon by playing in
Germany at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in recent years.
his last visit to Queen's in 2011, Nadal has failed to get past the
fourth round at the All England Club and the former world number one,
who last won Wimbledon in 2010, has decided to return after a three-year
"I'm very happy to be back," said Nadal, who won the Queen's title in 2008.
is a great event, I always enjoyed it. I had some great feelings there,
the atmosphere of the Club - a real tennis club - is very special, the
courts are unbelievable.
"I enjoyed Halle but the results have not
been perfect for me in Halle, so I want to try Queen's again where the
grass courts are a little bit more similar to Wimbledon. That's the
reason for my decision."
Former Wimbledon winner Andy Murray,
defending Queen's champion Grigor Dimitrov and 2014 Australian Open
champion Stan Wawrinka are among the leading players already confirmed
to appear at the event in June.