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Rafael Nadal to miss 2012 Queen's Club event

Nadal to miss 2012 Queen's Championship
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Rafael Nadal misses next year's AEGON Championships at Queen's Club, organisers confirm.

World number two Rafael Nadal has informed organisers that he will not be competing in next year's AEGON Championships at the Queen's Club.

The tournament is used as a warm-up event for the Wimbledon Championships, but the Spaniard has reportedly been lured by a £750,000 fee to appear at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

"Rafa will not be with us next year," director Chris Kermode told the Daily Mail. "It's disappointing but we know how much he enjoys our event and we hope to be welcoming him back soon."

Britain's Andy Murray is the defending champion of the Queen's Club event after he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final.

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