Cape Town – World No. 2 Rafael nadal has confirmed him
will return from injury next month Mubadala World Tennis
Championship in Abu Dhabi.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion joins a starry field like
includes World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and
Venus Williams for 27-29 December exhibition events.
But it is news that Nadal will return to action before the new year is out that will really make their fans sleep.
The Spaniard was forced to withdraw from Paris Masters and ATP
World Tour Finals in London due to abdominal injury and later
confirmed that he would use the time to go under ankle surgery.
However, his recovery seems to have gone according to plan and he will be back in time for the Australian Open in January.
Nadal is a regular match in Abu Dhabi, and has won it four times.
"Abu Dhabi is one of my favorite places to play, the climate,
atmosphere and enthusiasm from the masses at Mubadala World Tennis
Championship gives the perfect start to the new season, "he said.
"The tournament brings together players at the top of their game, we all enjoy playing in these extremely competitive matches."
John Lickrish, director of Flash Entertainment, the event
organizers, said: "We put together an exciting line-up – one such
repeats the growing prominent Mubadala World Tennis
Championship on the global tennis calendar. Nadal's return, next door
The recently crowned No 1 Novak Djokovic, plus returning champ Kevin
Anderson, emphasizes the importance of the best players at the event.
Welcoming Venus Williams for his debut in Abu Dhabi adds another star
force; We are really excited about the participants' caliber this year. "