Nadal to re­turn to court this month

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING -

Rafael Nadal said he’ll play in an ex­hi­bi­tion tour­na­ment in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month fol­low­ing a six-month break to re­cover from a knee in­jury.

Nadal, 26 and an 11time Grand Slam cham­pion, be­gan prac­tic­ing on a court in his home­town of Mana­cor on the is­land of Mal­lorca on Nov. 20.

■ No­vak Djokovic and Ser­ena Wil­liams were hon­ored in Lon­don as the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion’s world cham­pi­ons for 2012. Djokovic won the men’s award for the sec­ond straight year, and Wil­liams took the honor for the third time in her ca­reer.

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