If I felt like the off-season of tennis (is that so?!?!) Has just begun, well … it was. However, many players are already preparing for the 2022 campaign. Among them are six ATP stars and two top WTA players who will be competing in the Mubadara World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi this week.
Rafael Nadal, Andrey Rublev, Dominic Thiem, Andy Murray, Denis Shapovalov and Casper Ruud make up this year’s field in Abu Dhabi. Nadal has been playing for the first time since the end of the season with a recurring foot problem following the Citi Open in Washington. Thiem suffered a wrist injury during a grass court swing in front of Wimbledon and missed the rest of the 2021 campaign. There was concern that the 15th Austrian would be discharged in 2022, but no surgery was needed and he seems ready to go.
“My idea is to be in Abu Dhabi and play there on the 17th and 18th. That’s still my plan,” Nadal said a few weeks ago. “But as always, things are analyzed weekly. (I) want to get home as soon as possible, but above all I want to get back in good shape.
“I don’t know until I increase the load and test myself at the highest level. So far I’m doing … What I was told. I’m usually very obedient and told me to do That’s what I’m doing. I’m in the process now. Things are better than before, otherwise I wouldn’t think of going to Abu Dhabi, but I’m what will happen in the future I don’t know. Abu Dhabi is a test for me and ambitious to be there. “
Nadal and Rublev say goodbye to the semi-finals as the top two seeds. In Thursday’s quarterfinals, Thiem will face Murray, Ludo will face Shapovalov, the Thiem-Murray winner will face Nadal, and the Ludo-Shapovalov winner will face Rublev.
US Open champion Emma Raducanu and Tokyo Olympic singles gold medalist Belinda Bencic conclude with an exhibition match on Thursday.
Rublev and Nadal are guaranteed two games in Abu Dhabi, even with a bye-bye, as there is a third-place slope in addition to the championship on Saturday.
Nadal is the greatest leader ever with five Mubadara World Tennis Championship titles. Most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic took place in 2019, before the 2020 tournament was cancelled. Murray won his first event in 2009 (defeated Nadal in the final) and won his second trophy in 2015 after receiving a walkover from Novak Djokovic in the final. In each of Rublev’s previous two appearances, he lost in the quarterfinals and then won the fifth-placed contest.
– Tennis Sports
Nadal returns to the Mubadara World Tennis Championships
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