Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka are ready to return to the court in Abu Dhabi in December after they have stayed away for six months due to injury.
The two tennis stars have held the world number one position but have not stepped on the court since Wimbledon. Djokovic was out due to an elbow injury while Wawrinka went under the knife to treat a knee injury.
They will compete with the likes Rafael Nadal in the December 28-30 Mubadala World Tennis Championship, and this was confirmed by the organizers of the tournament on Tuesday.
Twelve-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic observe an intermittent rest for 18 months owing to his injury. He was blessed with a second child last month.
The 30-year-old Serb, who is a three-time winner of the Abu Dhabi title, said: “The line-up is very strong as always and it will be the perfect way to make my comeback and begin the season.”
And for Wawrinka, the 32-year-old Swiss star missed out from the US Open title defence while out with knee injury for which he was operated on in August.
The three-time Grand slam winner stated: “My recovery is going well and I can’t wait to be back on the court. I’m working hard together with my team and looking forward to being back.”
Wawrinka played his last match which he lost in the first round to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev at Wimbledon and for Djokovic, he called his time on his season after leaving with an injury he sustained in the Wimbledon quarter final match against Tomas Berdych.
Also taking part in the Abu Dhabi event are Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic and Pablo Carreno Busta.