All You Need To Know About Rafael Nadal And Dominic Thiem’s Comeback Event, The Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Published 12/12/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Rafael Nadal at the 2018 Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi


Everyone’s favorite Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, is returning to the tennis slopes this week. The former World No. 1 will be playing for the first time since August.

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Owing to a foot injury, Nadal had exited the tour and finished off his season early in August. Now, he is going to return to the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will be playing after a long while

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The Mubadala World Tennis Championship is an end-of-year exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. Open to both ATP and WTA players, it started back in 2009. Thus, this year will be the MWTC’s 13th edition.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Dominic Thiem of Austria share a hug following their men’s singles quarter-final match on Day Nine of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has won an incredible five times at the tournament in Abu Dhabi. Additionally, he is the current defending champion at the cup as well! After almost a six-month break, Rafa is set to return to the game and begin his 2022 campaign from Abu Dhabi.

The MWTC was initially called the Capitala World Tennis Championship. It aimed to promote tennis in the Middle East, by forming a world-class tennis event in the region.

The championship started with a six-player lineup competing for the trophy. This year, it is going to be an eight-player lineup, including the likes of Dominic Thiem, Casper Ruud, and Denis Shapovalov.

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Dominic Thiem, too, is returning after a long recovery from his wrist injury, and fans are very excited to see the Austrian.

The MWTC will host Emma Raducanu and Belinda Bencic

Tennis – Champions Tennis – The Royal Albert Hall, London, Britain – November 28, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu reacts during her match against Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse REUTERS/Tony Obrien

The first-ever women’s match at the MWTC was only in 2017, played between Serena Williams and Jelena Ostapenko. Since then, the women’s draw has boasted of star players from the WTA gracing Abu Dhabi.

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This year, perhaps the biggest attraction on the women’s lineup is 19-year-old US Open winner Emma Raducanu. She will be joined by Swiss Belinda Bencic, in a potential repeat of their US Open quarter-final.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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