Rafael Nadal reveals when he will be returning to tennis

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Rafael Nadal is set to return to action at the end of next month at the ninth edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

The Spaniard is the defending champion at the annual exhibition event after beating Milos Raonic in last year's tournament and has won the title three times overall.

The former long-time world number one has, once again, missed a lot of playing time throughout the 2016 season as his injury struggles continue but was upbeat about making his return in the UAE.

"Excited to announce my first tournament back will be in Abu Dhabi at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in December," Nadal posted on Twitter on Monday.

"I really enjoy the fans, the competition and the atmosphere in the stadium in Abu Dhabi...It is the best way to start my season.

"I’ve enjoyed many years playing in the UAE capital against the other top guys and I’m already looking forward to the next.

"After playing in Abu Dhabi I went on to play some great matches on the tour at the start of the year and I’ll be hoping for even better this time," the world number eight said in a media release.

Nadal has not played since the Shanghai Masters back in October where he lost in the first round to Lucas Pouille and has endured his worst season as a professional in the grand slams, not advancing past the third round in any of the three he appeared in. 

The 14-time slam winner will be joined by newly crowned world number one Andy Murray, Raonic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Goffin and Thomas Berdych in the six-man event in the last week of December.

Now 30-years-old, Nadal will be looking to rediscover some of the form that has seen him win 69 total career titles. 

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