Wawrinka, Raonic Withdraw From The Abu Dhabi Exo; Nadal, Djokovic Still Entered
by Staff | December 20th, 2017, 10:27 am

The 2018 season is just weeks away, and already some top players don’t seem to be ready. Stan Wawrinka, who is recovering from a knee injury, and Milos Raonic who had a bad right calf, have both pulled out of the Abu Dhabi exo which is set to begin in eight days.

“Unfortunately I won’t be able to play in Abu Dhabi this year as I’m not ready yet to compete at this level,” Wawrinka said. “Together with my team, I’m working hard and we will do everything to be ready in time for the Australian Open. I’m sad that I won’t be able to play in front of the great fans at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship but I need to be patient and give my body the time it needs. I wish everyone a great event and hope to be back in Abu Dhabi in 2018.”

Andrey Rublev and Kevin Anderson will sub in.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Pablo Carreno Busta are also in the field. Nadal and Djokovic have byes.

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6 Comments for Wawrinka, Raonic Withdraw From The Abu Dhabi Exo; Nadal, Djokovic Still Entered

gonzalowski Says:

Raonic has left Italian trainer Ricardo Piati and has placed himself in the hands of the experienced Javier Piles, one of the most prestigious coaches in the men’s circuit, formerly of David Ferrer and Roberto Bautista.
Milos will open the season at the Brisbane tournament where last season he reached the semifinals after defeating Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals

Okiegal Says:

Rafa has pulled out of Abu……..knee still an issue…

j-kath Says:

Nishikori pulls out of Brisbane.

gonzalowski Says:

let’s hope that Rafa is well ! and Nishi, Raonic Wawa etc.

Deidre Says:

Falling like flies again and the season hasn’t even started!

Emil Says:

Stan is still recovering, i hope he is all good for the Aus Open though. Not the same without him.

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