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A fit-again Nadal hits the practice court

2018-12-12 11:08
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal (AP)

Cape Town - Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has given fans a first glimpse of his return to the tennis courts after his recent surgery.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played any competitive tennis since September when he retired from his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro with a knee injury.

He was then further kept out of action due to an abdominal injury, and decided to have surgery on a troublesome ankle while he recuperated.

But it comes as no surprise that Nadal is already back in action, ready and raring to go ahead of the 2019 season.

The Spaniard took to social media to share a picture of himself in full swing on the practice court, looking as hungry and full of drive and determination as ever, along with a caption that simply read: "training, practice!"

Nadal is expected to make his competitive return at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi from December 27-29, an exhibition event that will also feature world No 1 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Kevin Anderson from South Africa.

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