Rafael Nadal will have to wait just a little longer to make his long-awaiting return to pro tennis. The Spaniard who hasn’t played in six months due to a left knee injury was scheduled to make his comeback Friday at the Abu Dhabi exhibition, however a stomach virus will prevent him from playing in the tournament.
“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to compete this year in Abu Dhabi,” Nadal said today. “I was really excited about returning to play and I always have a wonderful experience at the event and this is the first time I will miss the tournament.
“My rehab has gone well, my knee feels good and I was looking forward to competing. Unfortunately doctors have informed me that my body needs to rest in order to fight this stomach virus. I would like to say sorry to all my fans in the United Arab Emirates and around the world, but I hope to play and win in Abu Dhabi again next year.”
The tournament is yet to name a replacement player for the 6-man event which includes Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Nadal remains scheduled to play the Doha ATP tournament next week.
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