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Rafael Nadal targeting return to action at Acapulco ATP tournament, Announce intention to play at Queens

Rafael Nadal has targeted a return to tennis by the end of February at the ATP Tour in Acapulco.

The 31-year-old is currently sidelined with a leg injury which forced him to pull out of his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic in January.

On Monday, the world number one revealed that he is undergoing intensive treatment to make sure that he is fit to play in the Mexico tournament, which starts on February 26.

“It’s a small injury that needs time and rest and recovery, and that’s what we’re doing,” Nadal said at the inauguration of a specialised tennis clinic in Madrid, as quoted by Sky Sports News.

“For the moment my schedule is the same and I think I’ll be able to travel to Mexico to play at Acapulco.”

Nadal has twice won the Acapulco ATP tournament, in 2005 and 2013 when it used to be played on clay.

Rafael Nadal has announced his intention to play at this year’s Queen’s tournament in the build-up to Wimbledon.

The 31-year-old was forced to withdraw from both the 2016 and 2017 editions of the week-long competition due to injury but aims to return this summer, 10 years on from his one and only Queen’s victory.

“I am very excited to communicate that I am going to come to Queen’s in 2018, it is going to be the 10th anniversary of my victory in 2008,” the world number one said in a statement.

“It’s a great memory, winning there and three weeks later winning Wimbledon. It was an unforgettable year. I am very excited to be coming back and playing Queen’s again.”

Tournament director Stephen Farrow added: “We are delighted that Rafa is planning to return to the Queen’s Club.His run 10 years ago will never be forgotten and to see him back at the top of the world rankings a decade later is a testament to his greatness and desire to achieve even more.”

The tournament will run June 18-24.

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