Spanish tennis ace, Rafael Nadal, has disappointed fans of the BNP Paribas Paris Masters, by withdrawing from the competition. The player says that he wants to concentrate on the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals, which kick off on November 20 in London, and the Davis Cup final, beginning November 28.
Nadal made the announcement on his official Facebook page, yesterday morning. The 25-year-old said that his decision to avoid the Masters was "difficult", but the need to "prepare well for the end of this season, and also for 2012", outweighs his commitment to the World Tour 1000 fixture.
The Spaniard's absence from the BNP Paribas will extend his short hiatus from the sport, which began with a loss to German player, Florian Mayer, in October. It will also be his second withdrawal from the event in as many years, a development that has upset visitors to Nadal's social networking page.
"It's completely unfair", lamented one fan, who noted that she had only bought a ticket to see the ten-time Grand Slam winner in action.
Nadal softened the blow of his escape by referring to the Masters as a "great event" in the "most beautiful city in the world". He added that he expects to return to Paris in 2012, but his recurrent absence from the BNP begs the question; is Nadal's quest to win the Davis Cup and the ATP Finals incompatible with an appearance at the Paris Masters? People looking at the Davis Cup odds
should bear this in mind.
Possibly, but in 2011, at least, his withdrawal is due to injury
. It is believed that the world number two is nursing a knee condition. However, the tennis player has kept the nature and severity of the condition under wraps.