After three years without playing on grass, Rafael Nadal starts his Wimbledon warm-up by defeating Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3 in an exhibition match at the Hurlingham Club in London. He showcased some fine form, utilizing his powerful forehand and making use of tight angles for drop shots as he came to terms with the grass court.
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. 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.Rafa Nadal
On Friday, our champ is scheduled to face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.