Nadal confirmed his intention to play Wimbledon for the first time in three years during a press conference at the Mallorca Country Club last week. After winning a record-extending 14th French Open crown and 22nd overall Grand Slam title earlier this month, he confirmed he would only be at the All England Club if his latest treatment method for his chronic foot injury was successful.
The world No 4 played an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club against three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, winning 6-2 6-4. Speaking afterwards, Nadal said: It has been a while without playing on grass. Since 2019 I haven’t been able to play on grass through the tough moments we went through with the pandemic and last year I got injured. So I am excited to be back where we are today. It has always been a pleasure playing here in Hurlingham. It is special to be back.
“Honestly for me it is positive to play a couple of matches before the competition starts at Wimbledon. I used to play at Queen’s a long time ago now. I am older now – I can’t manage to play so many matches! So for me it is perfect to play a couple of matches here before Wimbledon starts. That helps me to feel at least some competition before Wimbledon.”