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Rafael Nadal Confirms He’ll Play in Abu Dhabi at End of December

Rafael Nadal Confirms He’ll Play in Abu Dhabi at End of December
Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during his second round men's singles match against Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament. Photographer: Leon Neal/AFP via Getty Images

Rafael Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam tennis champion, confirmed he’ll return to play in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month after being sidelined by a knee injury since June.

“Can’t wait to get back on the court in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month,” Nadal wrote on his Twitter account. “I won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011 -- would love to get my hands on the trophy again this year.”

The Spaniard started practicing in November in his home town of Manacor on the island of Mallorca. The 26-year-old committed to playing in Abu Dhabi in Dec. 27-29. It’s a warm-up for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 14 in Melbourne.

After winning a men’s record seventh French Open, Nadal was upset in the second round of Wimbledon by then 100th-ranked Czech Lukas Rosol in June. His earliest exit in one of the four majors turned out to be his last match of the season.

Nadal said in September that he had a partial tear of a patella tendon as well as knee inflammation.

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