(AP) – Rafael Nadal says he will again not play any warmup tournaments before Wimbledon.
Rafa hasn’t entered a grass-court tournament ahead of Wimbledon in any season since 2015. That year, he appeared in two grass events between Roland Garros and the All England Club – and then lost in the second round at Wimbledon.
Fresh off his 12th French Open title, Rafa says:
Why do I need to change that? … What gives me a better chance is to be healthy than playing a lot of matches.
I had a very good tournament last year, I was close to victory.
I like playing on grass but I can not play as many weeks in a row as I did 10 years ago.
With my experience, I prefer to be well prepared and have good training.
Rafa’s two Wimbledon titles came in 2008 and 2010. He is also a three-time runner-up at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, but he hasn’t reached the final since 2011.
Wimbledon starts on July 1.