On Friday, Novak Djokovic announced that he would be participating in the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic tournament for the first time in his career. The defending Wimbledon champ made the announcement after Rafael Nadal confirmed that he would be playing two games in the next week’s exhibition tournament at London’s Hurlingham Club. Nole would play his first match at the Fulham Club after being defeated by Rafa at the French Open quarterfinals in Paris. Meanwhile, Nadal went on to win his 14th Roland Garros title before heading to Barcelona for radiofrequency treatment, seeking a permanent solution to his chronic left-foot injury. 

After taking some time to recover, Nadal was seen practicing on the grass court last week at the Mallorca Country Club. The 22-time Grand Slam champ confirmed on Friday that he intends to make a comeback at Wimbledon after three years. The last time the Spaniard played at SW19 in 2018, he managed to reach the semifinals. Rafa would be aiming to win his third major title of the year at the All England Club. Thus, the 36-year-old will play two exhibition matches in London next week to prepare for Wimbledon. 

Djokovic & Nadal
Djokovic & Nadal

During Friday’s media conference, Rafael Nadal shared that he was keen to see how his foot has improved as he began the preparation for Wimbledon last week in Mallorca. The world no. 4 said that he would travel to London and play two games before the All England Club tournament and follow his normal preparation schedule for the major event. He mentioned that no one knew what might happen in a couple of days. He felt that the moment to explain would be when the situation changes or something far worse happens. Nadal added, “But I am excited to travel to Wimbledon and play for the first time in three years.”

Andy Murray & Emma Raducanu Could Play The London Tennis Classic Before Wimbledon

Murray

The three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray is set to make a return at Wimbledon 2022. The British tennis star struggled to serve during the third set in his Stuttgart finals defeat against Berrettini. A scan report revealed that Murray suffered an abdominal strain. As a result, he was forced to pull out from the Queen’s Club Championship. However, the 35-year-old has not ruled out his participation in the next week’s exhibition matches. He would like to spend some time on the grass court ahead of Wimbledon.

Emma Raducanu

Meanwhile, the WTA world no. 11 Emma Raducanu might also look to get some game time during the Tennis Classic in London. The 19-year-old has spent just 33 minutes on grass this season. She was forced to retire during a Nottingham Open match earlier in June. The British player might not play next week’s Rothesay International in Eastbourne. Her team’ is concerned about not rushing her back to the competition. However, Emma might play an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club. It would help to spend more time on the grass court ahead of the SW19.

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