Nadal moves up return, will play in Chile Open

Rafael Nadal plans to return to tennis a bit earlier than
expected.

Chile Open organizers announced Thursday that Nadal will make
his debut in the clay-court event, which starts Feb. 4 in Vina del
Mar.

Nadal hasn’t played tennis since June, mainly because of
tendinitis in his left knee. He was scheduled to play in an Abu
Dhabi exhibition event in late December, but a stomach virus forced
him to withdraw and skip the Australian Open.

He then planned to return in late February. But on Tuesday,
organizers of the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo said he enter the
tournament, which begins on Feb. 11. He’s also signed up for the
Mexican Open in Acapulco on Feb. 25.

He won the Brazil and Mexican titles the only time he entered
them in 2005.