Rafael Nadal, pictured in 2007, will attempt to win the Mercedes Cup for a third time in his career.
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Rafael Nadal will begin his Wimbledon preparations at the Mercedes Cup in June as the Stuttgart tournament makes the switch from clay to grass courts.

By AP NEWS
April 16, 2015

STUTTGART, Germany (AP)—Rafael Nadal will begin his Wimbledon preparations at the Mercedes Cup in June as the Stuttgart tournament makes the switch from clay to grass courts.

Organizers say Nadal will bid to become the first player the win the event three times after lifting the trophy in 2005 and 2007 on red clay at the Weissenhof club.

U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia, Feliciano Lopez of Spain, Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus and local favorite Tommy Haas were already lined up for Stuttgart's grass premiere between June 6-14. The tournament starts two weeks after the French Open, where Nadal is aiming for his record 10th title.

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