Queens is confirmed

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Europe)

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Europe)

Rafa has confirmed his plans to defend his title at this year’s Queens tournament via this interview on the Queens site. Video of the interview.

“It is nice to come back to a place where you are the last champion,” said Nadal in an exclusive video interview on www.aegonchampionships.com.

“The AEGON Championships and Wimbledon are both very traditional tournaments and I love to play these two tournaments. To arrive as the last champion is going to be a really nice experience.”

“You feel like you are in a club, a real tennis club, so that always is really nice. Playing (the AEGON Championships) means that you are already in London, the courts are in perfect condition like at Wimbledon and so it is always a pleasure to play there. The atmosphere is always really good and the crowd has always been really nice with me. I just want to say ‘thanks very much to all the fans in England’.

Updated: Thanks to CC for pointing out a longer version of this interview on the BBC site.

11 Responses

  1. sheisblessed says:

    I really wanted to go, didn’t know you had to register a year early!

  2. johanne says:

    I love when the narrator makes a comment about Rafa’s popularity being due to his humble charm & irresistable tennis…hmmm, what else could fans find irresistable? Hard to say.

    LOL, but seriously, I’m happy he’s playing Queen’s again. That final with Nole was a really great match! VAMOS!

  3. sG says:

    Vamos! Here’s to title defense!

  4. CC says:

    Adorable! I love the Queens tournament.
    Miri, there is a slightly longer interview on the BBC webpage: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7992055.stm

    • miri says:

      Thanks, CC! (I edited your link to be clickable)

      Club! club! I can’t stop saying it.

      • CC says:

        Cool! I hope it works, I know nothing about this kind of thing, no?
        (-:
        *flove* it when he talks about the Queens’ trophy! And when he starts chewing on his finger…

        • miri says:

          That’s okay – that’s what I’m here for: the geeky technical details. :)

          Yeah, it’s like he suddenly felt unsure about what he was saying… *chew chew chew*

  5. tiemyshoe says:

    I love Queens, and I’m a little sad it’s not called Stella Artois anymore. Current name sounds like a bad fantasy novel?

  6. tiemyshoe says:

    I love Queens, and I’m a little sad it’s not sponsored by Stella Artois anymore. Current name sounds like a bad fantasy novel?

  7. tiemyshoe says:

    Double post-edit FAIL for me, oooops!