Rafael Nadal Says He Is Eager To Return To The Tour
epa03479236 Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, serves a ball during his first training session in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain, 20 November 2012, after spending several months off the tennis courts due to a injury. EPA/ISAAC BUJ |
Rafael Nadal sounds like he would not mind Christmas coming a few days late if it means that he can return successfully to tennis at the Abu Dhabi exhibition set for December 27-29. The outing is due to be the first for the Spaniard in six months since being sidelined last summer with a knee injury.
“After this long period away from competition, with all these months of rehabilitation and now hard practice, I am excited to see the moment to play again is close,” the 11-time Grand Slam winner said in the run-up to the well-funded just-for-fun payday.
“Every time I play, I give 100 per cent and try to win; it will be no different in Abu Dhabi . Obviously coming back from injury will be tough, but the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is exactly the test I need for my game and my fitness. I can’t wait to get back on centre court.”
Nadal won’t be stretched too hard, with only a possible two matches on his easy-going itinerary, with the Spaniard receiving a “bye” in the hit-and-giggle also featuring world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Nadal’s first match in half a year match will pit him against the winner from Olympic champion Murray and Serb Janko Tipsarevic.
“Abu Dhabi has been the perfect place to begin the year, so I can’t wait to get back there,” said Nadal, who lost the 2009 final to Murray, “Being in a tournament setting while getting match fitness against some tough competition in good weather can only help me move forward as I look at the rest of the season.
“I’ve missed playing and I’ve missed the fans, but I know I’ll get a really warm welcome in Abu Dhabi .”
Keys: "I'm just so incredibly happy. It's one of those things where when you're training and you don't want to be there, you're tired or everything hurts, you think of this moment, and it really helps push you through all of the hard times. I'm just incredibly happy right now. I'm so incredibly honored to be another name on this trophy...
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