Rafael Nadal to participate in Tie Break Tens to prepare for Australian Open

first_imgWorld No. 1 Rafael Nadal will play an exhibition event in Melbourne Park to get some much needed match practice ahead of the Australian Open.The Spaniard has not played since he withdrew from the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London in November with a knee injury.The 31-year-old has already withdrawn from an exhibition tournaments in Abu Dhabi, Sydney and also from this week’s Brisbane International, citing lack of time to properly prepare.Therefore, he decided to take part in the winner-takes all Tie Break Tens event at Melbourne Park on January 10, five days before the Australian Open begins.”Tie Break Tens is a great concept and we will see and play some exciting matches,” Nadal said in a statement.”The field is fantastic and I expect some tough competition which will be great for the Aussie fans.”The eight-man field includes Novak Djokovic, three-time grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, and former world number one Lleyton Hewitt.Each match is comprised solely of super tie breaks to 10 points. The knockout tournament provides a winner take-all purse of $250,000.”It really will be an intriguing contest,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.”These guys are all coming in at different stages of their preparation, but once their competitive instincts kick in, which will be almost instant in this format, there will be some absorbing contests.”Remember, there is not much room for error. You lose the tie break and you are out.” (With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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