Spanish media reports Nadal has pulled out of Abu Dhabi

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Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) in Abu Dhabi according to Marca.

The Spanish publication is reporting that the world number one is still experiencing some discomfort in his right knee, which forced him to pull out of the remainder of the ATP Finals after playing the first match against David Goffin last month.

Also according to Marca, the 31-year-old had cancelled his training week with Portugal’s Joao Sousa at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca that was scheduled for December 18-22.

The Spaniard’s withdrawal is yet another blow for the tournament after Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka pulled out earlier this week. They have been replaced by Andrey Rublev and Kevin Anderson.

The MWTC is yet to confirm Nadal’s withdrawal and a replacement hasn’t been revealed.

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Djokovic aims to make winning return in Abu Dhabi

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Hungry to return to the court: Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic is aiming to mark his comeback with a win at the 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

It will be the Serbian superstar’s fifth visit to Abu Dhabi having previously won the tournament on three occasions.

Tennis fans will get to see Djokovic in action on day two when he plays the winner of the match between Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic.

The 30-year-old 12-time major winner has expressed how keen he is to return to action, having been sidelined since late July.

“It is always an honour to play in Abu Dhabi and I can’t wait to get back on court again. This tournament will offer me the perfect opportunity to start my preparation for the Australian Open,” the former world number one said.

Djokovic hasn’t played tennis since July.

Djokovic will be hoping to kick-off the new season and his comeback with a win in what is another competitive Mubadala field, also including Rafa Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Pablo Carreno Busta.

The tournament will run from December 28 to 30 at the International Tennis Center at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.

As always, in the unique ‘winner takes all’ format of the MWTC, the victor will claim $250,000 in prize money.

Tickets to the Championship are currently on sale for the general public at www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE. For more information, visit www.mubadalawtc.com.

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Mubadala Community Cup winners claim clinic spots with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Co.

The Mubadala Community Cup closed with two exciting finals.

The 10th edition of the Mubadala Community Cup (MCC) came to a close with exciting finals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai last weekend, with winners of the 10-and-under and adults mixed doubles categories claiming exclusive spots in the star player clinics at this month’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC).

Designed to showcase the best amateur players in the region, the MCC showcased some great talent and thrilling competition across both divisions, with champions getting a dream opportunity of sharing a court with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic and Pablo Carreno Busta, who will all be in Abu Dhabi from December 28-30 for the MWTC at Zayed Sports City.

Anurag Reddy, who won the 14-and-under boys’ category, is already showing great potential in the sport after going through the Mubadala Tennis in Schools programme and winning the MCC in previous years.

This year’s MWTC, the 10th edition of the championship, features a stellar line-up and will witness the return of Djokovic and Wawrinka from their lengthy injury breaks. They will be making their first appearance since Wimbledon last July.

For more information visit: www.mubadalawtc.com.

Full MCC winners’ list
14-and-Under Boys – Dubai Anurag Reddy
14-and-Under Girls – Dubai Coumba Niangadou
10-and-Under – Abu Dhabi Tudor Zecheru
10-and-Under – Dubai Rayan Koothrat
Men’s Singles – Abu Dhabi Santiago Alarcon
Men’s Singles – Dubai William Blake Lombard
14-and-Under Girls – Abu Dhabi Anna Lajos
14-and-Under Boys – Abu Dhabi Igor Uzelac
12-and-Under Boys – Dubai Aryan Nanda
Adult Mixed Doubles – Abu Dhabi Billie Lapating
Adult Mixed Doubles – Abu Dhabi Jellovel Lapating
Adult Mixed Doubles – Dubai Yigit Binici
Adult Mixed Doubles – Dubai Rai Sengupta

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