Nalbandian to resume career in January

David Nalbandian is expected to return to the ATP tennis circuit in January at the Heineken Open, ending a nine-month layoff following hip surgery, tournament director Richard Palmer said Thursday.

“Nalbandian is a quality player who has something special in his game as witnessed by his Grand Slam record of having reached a final and several semifinals,” Palmer said. “He’s the sort of player who has the ability to really challenge for the Heineken Open title and get back into the top 10.”

The 27-year-old Argentine player has won ATP singles title.