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  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Adam Wolfthal

Rafael Nadal has announced that he will play in the 2014 Australian Open and Miami’s Sony Open. In 2013, Nadal was sidelined in January and didn’t play the Australian Open, and opted to miss Miami in March because it came so soon after his title winning triumph at Indian Wells’ BNP Paribas Open.

“I was very disappointed that I was not able to attend last year’s tournament, and am looking forward to returning in 2014,” said Nadal. “I love to play in Miami because of its beautiful location and tremendous fans support. Miami is an international city, and the diverse crowds that attend the tournament create an unbelievable atmosphere. I am excited to see all my fans in Miami this year.”

Nadal started his comeback from a knee injury earlier this year with a series of four tournaments in six weeks, culminating in Indian Wells where he beat Juan Martin del Potro in the finals. He will gauge this schedule back in 2014 and confirmed he will not play the Chilean event in Viña del Mar. He also committed to play the new ATP tournament in Rio de Janeiro, but at this time, has not decided whether he will accept invitations to compete in Buenos Aires, where he didn’t play this year, and Acapulco. Negotiations for him to defend his title in the Mexican event are ongoing.