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Rafael Nadal Pulls Out of Abu Dhabi with Stomach Virus

World No. 4 Rafael Nadal announced on his Facebook page that he will not play at the Mubadala Championships, an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, where he was scheduled to make his return.

“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to compete this year in Abu Dhabi,” Nadal wrote. “I was really excited about returning to play and I always have a wonderful experience at the event and this is the first time I will miss the tournament.”

“My rehab has gone well, my knee feels good and I was looking forward to competing. Unfortunately doctors have informed me that my body needs to rest in order to fight this stomach virus. I would like to say sorry to all my fans in the United Arab Emirates and around the world, but I hope to play and win in Abu Dhabi again next year.”

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