Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of Abu Dhabi Exhibition

Doubles star Jamie Murray has previewed the upcoming 2018 tennis season for Sportsmail

There were concerns about his fitness heading into the World Tour Finals last month, and they were proved to be justified after he withdrew following his opening match against David Goffin with an injury.

"I am happy to feel that I am competitive again and that I have a great level", Nadal told Movistar via Tennis World USA.

Tennis veterans, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, swept through 2017, claiming two Grand Slams apiece.

There had been questions over defending champion Serena Williams following the birth of her first child in September but the American announced on Sunday she will play an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi this week.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, who has featured at the Abu Dhabi tournament on eight occasions, will be replaced by compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut.

Johannesburg-born British youngster Cameron Norrie 22 could be a player to watch closely
Johannesburg-born British youngster Cameron Norrie 22 could be a player to watch closely

Sousa further confirmed that the world number one had recently travelled to Barcelona for another check-up on his troublesome knee.

Follows Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic declaring themselves unfit for the season opener.

Nadal still plans on going for a 17th Grand Slam of his career in Melbourne next month.

Nadal has enjoyed a stellar 2017 after making a comeback from a long-term injury in 2016.

In a statement on the MWTC website, Nadal said: "I am very sorry and disappointed to announce that I won't be competing this year at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship". EPA/MADE NAGISpanish tennis player Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Austrian Dominic Thiem during their Mutua Madrid Open men's final match, at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, 14 May 2017.




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