When Dominic Thiem gazed into space over Rafael Nadal’s shoulder during their brief fraternal hug at the net after their French Open championship match, he could be forgiven for wondering how much further away the horizon lies.
He said: “Why do I need to change that?
“What gives me [a] better chance is to be healthy than playing a lot of matches.
“I had a very good tournament last year, I was close to victory.
“I like playing on grass but I can not play as many weeks in a row as I did 10 years ago.
Rafael Nadal won’t play before Wimbledon (Image: GETTY)
Rafael Nadal holds the French Open title (Image: GETTY)
“With my experience, I prefer to be well prepared and have good training.”
In 2018, Nadal entered the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens but pulled out after winning in Paris.
While Nadal was busy winning in Paris, British number three Dan Evans won the ATP Challenger grass event in Surbiton.
Evans beat Viktor Troicki 6-2 6-3 to win the men’s title while Alison Riske beat Magdalena Rybarikova to win the women’s event.