The beleaguered former No. 1 Rafael Nadal is set to return to tennis at the Abu Dhabi exhibition event in late December, that according the tournament.
The hard court exo, which also includes Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic (no Roger Federer this year?), is set to begin on Thursday, December 27.
Because of bad knees Nadal hasn’t hit a ball since losing to Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon.
If Rafa does return at Abu Dhabi – no official confirmation from Rafa, and he could come back earlier – I can only assume he would also play Doha the following week before heading to the Australian Open. I’m not sure how healthy he will be by then, but I also have to assume those two events will dangle a hefty bag of money in effort to have Rafa show up.
Let’s just hope he gets to Melbourne in one piece.
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