Rafael Nadal Injury: Updates on Tennis Star's Wrist and Recovery

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 12:  Rafael Nadal of Spain leaves the court after lost Viktor Troicki of Serbia during the Men's singles second round match on day four of Shanghai Rolex Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 12, 2016 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Rafael Nadal's frustrating 2016 season came to an end following a loss to Viktor Troicki at the Shanghai Masters on Oct. 12 and lingering wrist problems.

However, Nadal has recovered and is set to return to the court.

Continue for updates. 

Nadal Announces Return

Monday, Nov. 7

Rafa Nadal @RafaelNadal

Excited to announce my first tournament back will be in Abu Dhabi at the #MubadalaWorldTennisChampionship in December. @MubadalaTennis

Nadal Comments on Injury

Thursday, Oct. 20

Nadal Unable to Shake Wrist Injury

The Spanish star has battled problems with that part of his body most of the year. He was forced to withdraw from the French Open before a third-round match against Marcel Granollers.

That injury also prevented Nadal from playing in Wimbledon and kept him on the shelf until the 2016 Rio Olympics in August. His left wrist was still causing him problems in Brazil, but he was able to reach the semifinals. 

Nadal's physical decline has led to him dropping to eighth in the current ATP rankings. Given the problems he's had staying on the court, taking additional time off at the end of the year to prepare for 2017 was probably the best thing for his career. 

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