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Rafa's rehabilitation from his left foot injury continues to progress, and he plans to return to competition a bit earlier than planned.
On February 4, 2006, he will play an exhibition match against French tennis player Fabrice Santoro, at the Petits As jounior event in Tarbes, France. Rafa is familiar with the event, which he won as a junior in 2000.
This will give Rafa a bit of match practice before he returns to tournament play in Marseille on February 13. That will be his first tournament since winning Madrid last October. The Spanish Davis Cup Captain, Emilio Sanchez, is considering him for the first-round Davis Cup tie, beginning February 10, but acknowledges Rafa may not be ready by then.