Nadal plans to return at Abu Dhabi exhibition next month

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Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during the Citi Open astatine Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 2 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal is aiming to instrumentality from wounded astatine an accumulation lawsuit successful Abu Dhabi adjacent period earlier playing different tourney successful his buildup to the Australian Open, the satellite fig 5 said.

Nadal struggled with backmost issues astatine the commencement of this twelvemonth and pulled retired of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. He past competed successful August astatine the Citi Open successful Washington.

He announced up of the U.S. Open that the wounded to his near ft would regularisation him retired for the remainder of the twelvemonth but said connected Monday helium mightiness instrumentality astatine the Dec. 16-18 Mubadala World Tennis Championship accumulation event.

"My program is to play Abu Dhabi successful December and a tourney earlier playing the Australian Open. It is my extremity and we are moving hard to marque it that way," Nadal said astatine a sponsor lawsuit successful Paris.

"I don't cognize precisely erstwhile I'll beryllium back, but I tin accidental that my extremity is to effort to travel backmost to Abu Dhabi successful December, and then, of course, for the commencement of the caller play successful January.

"The wounded successful my ft inactive needs to get a small better, but I'm already grooming astir an hr and a fractional a time truthful that's positive."

Nadal volition beryllium bidding for a men's grounds 21st large rubric astatine the Australian Open, which is scheduled to commencement connected Jan. 17.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has said nary unvaccinated players would beryllium permitted to play contempt Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling section media they could vie but lone aft undergoing a 14-day quarantine.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak successful Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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