December return for Novak, Stan

December return for Novak, Stan

Milos Raonic, Pablo Carreno Busta, and Dominic Thiem also confirmed their participation and the organizers worked hard to gather more players from the top, doing a stellar job in bringing multiple Grand Slam winners, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka!

The former world number ones have not played since Wimbledon, with Djokovic nursing a long-term elbow problem and Wawrinka undergoing knee surgery.

The exo event begins on December 28.

Meanwhile, Kyle Edmund beat Spain's David Ferrer in straight sets to reach the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

Having won the tournament back in 2013, the 12-time Grand Slam champion has opted to use the three-day exhibition competition as part of his warm-up for the season-opening Australian Open.

The 30-year-old Serb, victor of 68 career titles, expressed he is keen to get back on court.

After losing his status as Tennis world number one to Andy Murray raonion the back of a poor run of form to end 2016, the Serbian great continued to struggle throughout 2017.

"The line-up is strong and it will be the ideal opportunity for my return and the start of the season".

'It is a huge honour to take part in such a special tournament. "It is always a pleasure to kick the season off at the lovely event in Abu Dhabi", he said. "My recovery is going well and I can't wait to be back on court", said Wawrinka.

'It is always a pleasure to kick the season off at the handsome event in Abu Dhabi, ' he said.

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