Nadal, Set to Play Nishikori at the Hurlingham Club Ahead of Wimbledon.

Wimbledon Marks the Beginning of the Grass Court Season.
Wimbledon Marks the Beginning of the Grass Court Season.

Eight-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will step up his preparations for the grass court season in the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic at The Hurlingham club on Friday.

The two-time Wimbledon champion will meet Kei Nishikori of Japan, who is set to take on British number one Andy Murray at the exclusive west-London venue this afternoon.

Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal.

“I am happy to play the event at the Hurlingham Club, especially as I haven’t played on grass since the French open,” Nadal said.

“Thank you for this opportunity, I’m looking forward to a great match.”

The All England Club on Wednesday decided to keep the 12-time Grand Slam champion at fifth seed ahead of Wimbledon and could face either of Murray, Roger Federer or Serb, Novak Djokovic as early as the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

The decision, which has drawn criticism from some of the game’s pundits, is arguably caused by the Spaniard’s seven-month injury lay-off.

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