Rafael Nadal will return from a wrist injury to play an exhibition in late December in United Arab Emirates.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts against Lucas Pouille of France during his fourth round Men's Singles match on Day Seven of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jaime L. Mikle/Getty Images for USTA)
The 14-time Grand Slam champion said Monday on his Facebook page he will compete in the six-player, $250,000 Mubadala World Tennis Championship. The event is not connected to the ATP Tour and will be held in Abu Dhabi from Dec. 29-31.
Top-ranked Andy Murray is also scheduled to play, as is fourth-ranked Milos Raonic. Nadal beat Raonic in the previous final.
Last month, Nadal said he was cutting short his 2016 season to fully recover from an injured left wrist that sidelined the Spaniard for more than two months this season.
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