Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic confirm first appearances of 2019 season

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have both been confirmed to appear at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi next month.

Mubadala is an exhibition event starting on December 27, and will provide the world’s top two players their first taste of action for next season.

They will be joined by a stellar supporting cast of Kevin Anderson, Hyeon Chung, Dominic Thiem, and Karen Khachanov.

Thiem and Khachanov will play each other for the right to face Djokovic in the semi-final.

Anderson and Chung, meanwhile, will battle it out to take on Nadal in the last four.

Nadal’s participation may still be determined by injury, however, with the Spaniard undergoing ankle surgery earlier this month.

It forced him to pull out of the ATP Tour finals in London and although he plans to make his comeback in Abu Dhabi, whether he will be able to remains to be seen.

Mubadala World Tennis Championship full schedule

Dec 27:

Kevin Anderson vs Hyeon Chung

Dominic Thiem vs Karen Khachanov

Dec 28:

Fifth place play-off

Rafael Nadal vs Anderson/Chung

Novak Djokovic vs Thiem/Khachanov

Dec 29:

Third place play-off


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