This will be the first time that women have taken part in the event and it is a huge honour to be part of that history after watching the tournament for many years. It's my first time playing in Abu Dhabi so thank you guys for the support. "I enjoy playing here", said the Latvian.
"But now, if his injury is fine, he's probably more unsafe and better if he had some time to recharge".
"I'm excited, it's good to be back on the court".
In the second set she was, however, far more recognisable as the 23-times Grand Slam victor who has reigned the women's game for so long.
Nadal and Federer also ended the year at one and two in the world. "He is also one of the greatest players of all time", added Thiem who claimed his first ever win in six meetings over Djokovic at the French Open quarter-finals in June. There are players returning from injuries, but apart from Novak, nobody else will make a comeback like Roger and Rafa.
"I don't know, but I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there".
This was Williams first outing since winning the Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant in January 2017 (a fact that will always be mind-blowing).
The legendary 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, still hungry for success, will be back in action for the first time since the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr on 1st September 2017.
Murray, who has struggled with a persistent hip injury since the Briton's quarterfinal exit at Wimbledon in July, pulled out of the US Open and dropped to 16th in the world rankings.
Kim Clijsters won the US Open in 2009, 18 months after giving birth to her first child, but was only 26 at the time. "But it's really good". "It was great. I was glad I could do it here". And I heard just yesterday that Serena is coming here, so it is obviously very exciting for the tournament.
It is a surprise to see the American back in action so quickly, but she definitely has her eyes on a 24th Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne, but made a decision to compete in Abu Dhabi for her comeback, "I am delighted to be returning to the court in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the birth of my daughter in September".