Spaniard hoping to play in Brazil in Feb.
Former world No 1 Rafael Nadal is hoping to make his long-awaited return to competitive action at the ATP Brazil Open in Sao Paulo in February.
The Spaniard has not played a match since the middle of last season due to a knee injury.
A statement from tournament sponsors DGW Comunicacion, which recently was involved with a Roger Federer exhibition appearance in Brazil, said the event will “mark the return to the circuit of one of world tennis’ top stars”.
And Luis Felipe Tavares, chairman of sports company Koch Tavares, told Estado de Sao Paulo daily that “a name such as Nadal will definitely whip up a lot of interest”.
Contacted by AFP, the company had not made any further comment by Tuesday afternoon.
Nadal, currently ranked four in the world, has won 11 Grand Slams but injuries have dogged him and the 26-year-old Spaniard hasn’t played since June.
He had to miss the Australian Open because of a stomach virus while a succession of knee injuries have plagued his career.
Nadal, who had been widely expected to return to action in Acapulco, Mexico, at the end of February, two weeks after Sao Paulo, won the Brazil Open in 2005.
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