Nadal will return in December exhibition

9:07 AM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - Rafael Nadal will play his first tennis since June at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in late December.

The current world No. 4 and former top-ranked star hasn't played since suffering a shocking defeat at the hands of unheralded Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon this past summer. The Spanish great has been sidelined with a partial tear of the patella tendon in his left knee.

The 2012 French Open titlist and 11-time Grand Slam singles champion was unable to defend his Olympic title in London and also missed the U.S. Open.

The field in Abu Dhabi will also feature former No. 1 and reigning Australian Open champ Novak Djokovic and reigning U.S. Open and Olympic titlist Andy Murray. The three-day Mubadala World Tennis Championship will commence December 27.

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