Rafael Nadal in UAE for Tennis Championship

Tennis champion Rafael Nadal will be in the UAE later this year for the Mubadala Tennis Championship

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Rafael Nadal is returning to the UAE.

The 29-year-old tennis champion will be in Abu Dhabi for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on New Year’s Eve and the follow days after.

Spanish star Rafael will be appearing at the emirate’s International Tennis Centre in Zayed Sports City until January 2 2016 and tickets go on sale tomorrow at 12pm.

“A new season is a new opportunity for success and I am looking forward to getting started in Abu Dhabi on December 31st,” he said in a statement. “The Mubadala World Tennis Championship is an event I always enjoy and it’s great to be returning to action with the world’s top players in the UAE capital.

“I’m happy to see new faces entering the tournament this year which shows it continues to grow and offer a new challenge for us players. I’m looking forward to spending time with the local crowds, they are always very supportive.”

He added that this event in particular was one he looked forward too as fans can get up-close-and-personal with the talent.

“The interaction between the fans and the players is a great selling point for the tournament. I remember being a young player and getting to meet players who I’d watched play on TV and it was a great feeling,” he continued. “Having a bit of time and opportunity to have a hit with local young players is a really positive thing so I look forward to that.”

The sportsman will be in the capital with tournament newcomer and world number nine Milos Raonic. Canadian, Milos, has six career titles, and its expected MWTC will be great practice for the Australian Open January 18-31.

“I’m really looking forward to it that’s for sure. The lineup for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is always extremely strong and I’ve heard nothing but good things from the guys on the tour who have been there before,” Miles, 24, said. “For me it will be my first time in Abu Dhabi so it’s going to be a new experience and I’ll be on the lookout for the Canadian flags in the stands for support.

“It will be very exciting to start my year in Abu Dhabi and I’m looking forward to bringing my best tennis. The result of that will hopefully be thrilling tennis for the Abu Dhabi crowds.”

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