(AP) – Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will make his return from injury at the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament to prepare for the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 15. He will play Kooyong for the first time in his career and will be in opening day action on Tuesday.
Rafa joins Marin Cilic (world No. 5), Dominic Thiem (6), David Goffin (7), Pablo Carreno Busta (10), Novak Djokovic (12), Kevin Anderson (14), Richard Gasquet (31), Yoshihito Nishioka (67), Matthew Ebden (76) and Bernard Tomic (140) in the tournament.
Tournament director Peter Johnston on Sunday said negotiations with Rafa accelerated after the 16-time major winner withdrew from the Brisbane International.
“Rafa was looking for match play and of course we were more than happy to oblige,” Johnston said. “The addition of both Novak and Rafa changes our schedule and the way we will run the four days but that’s what Kooyong is all about, we are here to help the players get ready for the Open.”
Source: Associated Press