Rafael Nadal: Late change made to Spanish star’s Wimbledon preparations


RAFAEL NADAL will face Matt Edben in a change of opponent at the Aspall Classic today.

Nadal will play two matches at the Hurlingham Club this week which will be his only warm-up games before the Wimbledon.

The French Open champion was due to play Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung but the South Korean has pulled out.

It means Edben, who reached the semi-finals at the Halle Open last week, will replace Chung. On Friday, Nadal is scheduled to face Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

“It’s always great to play in front of UK fans so I can’t wait to return,” said Nadal.

“I’m working hard and this is the perfect way to warm up for Wimbledon.”

Earlier today, Nadal was named as the second seed for Wimbledon despite being the current World No 1.

Rafael Nadal has been practising at Wimbledon

Roger Federer is the top seed as he looks to win an ninth title at the All England Club.

The Wimbledon seedings are decided based on the ATP ranking list of the top 32 players but can be adjusted based on an individual's grass-court record.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams is seeded 25th despite being ranked 183rd in the world.

Williams’ ranking dropped after giving birth to her first child in September.

Romanian Simona Halep is the top seed in the women’s draw.

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