David Nalbandian handed Queen's wildcard

David Nalbandian
Nalbandian was beaten by Lleyton Hewitt in the 2002 Wimbledon final

David Nalbandian has been handed a wildcard for the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club in June.

The Argentine, 29, has missed much of the season due to injury and will skip the French Open because of a virus that has caused him to lose weight.

"It has been a frustrating time, but my recovery's going well and I expect to be in good shape for the tournament," said Nalbandian, referring to Queen's.

The Aegon Championships takes place between 6-12 June.

Nalbandian is currently ranked 22nd in the world despite having played only 13 matches in 2011, which included a run to the final in Brisbane and an epic first-round win over Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open.

A former Wimbledon runner-up - Nalbandian was beaten by Hewitt in the 2002 final - the Argentine will use the Queen's event as part of his preparation for the SW19 tournament this year.

"I enjoy playing on grass, and reaching the Wimbledon final in 2002 was a special moment in my career. I hope to have a successful grasscourt season this year."