The Spaniard had the chance to lead the British head of state when she visited the event at Wimbledon in 2010, but refused to train for the match against Hasse. Practice sessions were always booked and Nadal had no idea at the time that he would get the chance to meet the king. They chose to protest in anticipation of possible meetings after the game, but it did not happen.
When asked about it many years ago, Nadal explained what happened:
“I knew the game was going to be tough. I had to practice at that time, so it was impossible for me [to meet the Queen]. I have my habits. It’s tough when you don’t know when you’re going to play before the match. It was frustrating for me. I was very excited to meet her but it was also a very important match for me.
The match went five games and Nadal was right to win 1-2. He would later go on to win his second Wimbledon title but could not find the queen.
“I thought the Queen would be at my match and I would love to have the chance to meet her after the match. But that’s not going to happen because I think the Queen has already left.”
He, like many others, expressed grief for the British royal family after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
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