Rafael Nadal confirms shock return to tennis in December

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Rafael Nadal has announced that he will return to action in Abu Dhabi next month.

The Spaniard will compete in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, where he could potentially face Milos Raonic and newly-crowned world No.1 Andy Murray for £250,000.

The event is not connected to the ATP and will take place from December 29 to 31.


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Nadal's announcement comes in spite of the 14-time major winner declaring his 2016 season was over due to a persistent wrist injury last month.

The 30-year-old missed a tournament in Basel as well as the Paris Masters because of the injury, which also forced him out of the French Open at the third round and Wimbledon completely.

But Nadal, who has slipped to eighth in the world rankings, will return before the end of the year in the Middle East.

Nadal said he was "excited" to be returning to competitive tennis in a short update posted on his official Facebook page (see below).

He wrote: "Excited to announce my first tournament back will be in Abu Dhabi at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in December."

Nadal's wrist injury was worsened at the Rio Olympics, where he won gold in the doubles alongside compatriot Marc Lopez.

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