Nadal Scheduled to Play Abu Dhabi, Sets Sights on Playing Australian Open

Rafael Nadal will be making his return to tennis in late December. Nadal is scheduled to participate in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, the organizers announced on Tuesday. Also participating in the exhibition tournament which runs from December 27-29 will be US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray and five-time major winner Novak Djokovic.

Australian Open Tournament director Craig Tiley announced on Tuesday that Rafael Nadal is targeting the 2013 Australian Open for his return from a knee injury. Nadla has been out of action since losing in the first round of the Wimbledon recovering from a tear in his patella tendon.