Djokovic and Wawrinka confirm season start in Dubai

Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka will rejoin the ATP circuit at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in December.

Djokovic has been on the sidelines since retiring in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in July due to an an elbow injury.

“I am extremely excited to return to Abu Dhabi for the fifth time and take part in the 10th Edition of the Championship,” quipped the former world number one on the tournament's website. 

“It is a huge honour to take part in such a special tournament. The line-up is very strong as always and it will be the perfect way to make my comeback and begin the season. Abu Dhabi is an amazing place and this is going to be a great event for all of the fans.”

Meanwhile, Wawrinka, who played just 37 matches this year, was forced to undergo knee surgery in July but confirmed his recovery is on track.

“My recovery is going well and I can’t wait to be back on court,” said the three-time grand slam winner. 

“I’m working hard together with my team and looking forward to being back. It is always a pleasure to kick the season off at the beautiful event in Abu Dhabi. The fans are amazing there and the draw is as strong as always with a lot of great players.”

Joining Djokovic and Wawrinka in Abu Dhabi on December 28 is world number one Rafael Nadal, the talented Dominic Thiem and the big-serving Milos Raonic.