After four months away from the court, the two-time Olympic gold medallist will play at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.
Any court-time the Spaniard can get under his belt ahead of next season will be crucial.
Nadal last played a tennis tournament at the Citi Open in August, before a foot injury side-lined him for the rest of the season. This caused him to miss out on major calendar events including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the 2021 ATP Finals.
This latest return is sure to be a challenge for the 20-time Grand Slam winner, but one he seems eager to accept.
The latest news coming out of the Nadal camp is that he has added another date to his calendar ahead of his appearance at the 2022 Australian Open.
Nadal will mark his full competitive return to court at the ATP 250 event in Melbourne, beginning January 4, 2022.
Though he is the only top-25 player on the initial entry list, other names set to feature will be stiff competition and likely familiar to fans of tennis. 2017 ATP champion finalist Grigor Dimitrov is down to play as well as former world number four Kei Nishikori and big South African hitter Kevin Anderson.