By Andy Sambidge
Spanish superstar wins in Abu Dhabi but says 'Dubai is not on my calendar'.
Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has said that he is likely to sidestep next month's Dubai Tennis Championships amid a busy 2010 schedule.Nadal, who won the Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday after beating Robin Soderling, said he will look to use the break to rest.
“I don’t think [I’ll play in Dubai],” said Nadal after defeating Soderling 7-6, (7-3), 7-5 at Zayed Sports City International Tennis Complex.
“It depends if I have very bad results in Doha, Australia and Rotterdam [in the coming month], then maybe, but it’s not on my calendar," he said in comments published by Emirates Business on Sunday.
Nadal missed six weeks of last season because of tendinitis in both knees – an injury that prevented him defending his Wimbledon title in July.
Nadal’s omission from the Dubai tournament will be a blow local tennis fans, especially after the 23-year-old also missed last year’s competition after taking medical advice.
Reigning world number one Roger Federer earlier confirmed his attendance in Dubai but Nadal is convinced he is making the right decision.
“I don’t have a lot of chances to play less if I want to be at the top,” he told the paper. “I don’t decide the calendar, it’s the ATP. I don’t have a lot of chances to choose where I’m going to play and what I’m going to play."For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.