Rafael Nadal announced today that he will not compete in next week’s Paris Masters indoor event.
“Hi all,” Nadal wrote via Facebook. “I won’t be playing this upcoming week the tournament in Paris Bercy. It’s been a difficult decision to take but I understand that it is what I need to do right now to prepare well for the end of this season and also for 2012. I hope I can be back in 2012 to that great event in the most beautiful city in the world, and hopefully try to win it once day.”
Nadal withdrew from Paris last year, as well.
Nadal, who has never won the Paris indoors, can no longer pass Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking and has little to play for next week. Rafa will defer and rest up for for the year-end London Masters and then Spain’s Davis Cup finale against Argentina.
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are still entered into Paris, which is also the final event of the ATP’s regular season. Though given the event’s timing more withdrawals are expected.
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