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Paris | Nadal pulls out

Paris | Nadal pulls out
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The worst news tennis fans will have wanted to hear was announced on Friday afternoon when Rafa Nadal decided to withdraw from the Paris Masters only hours before he was due to play his quarter-final match. His sudden withdrawal with a knee injury also casts doubts on whether he will be making an appearance at the O2 in two weeks time

The world number one told a news conference ahead of his quarter-final against Serbian Filip Krajinovic that he was suffering from a right knee problem. Nadal added that he was going to try his best to be fit for the season-ending ATP Tour finals.

The Spaniard said he was not in condition to commit to another three matches and would try his best to be ready for the season-ending event in London, but confessed his focus is on long-term fitness.

“The way that I am today, I do not see myself playing three more matches,” Nadal told a media conference. “It’s a very hard decision, a tough and sad situation. I tried my best. I had treatment yesterday night (Thursday) but it’s impossible to go on court. Yesterday, for some moments I couldn’t move.”

“I’m going to try my best to be ready for London. For me, it’s not about London, it’s about the long term.”

Nadal secured the year-end number one ranking by winning his Paris opener against Chung Hyeon, but he was taken to three sets by Pablo Cuevas in the third round.

The 31-year-old pulled out of the Swiss Indoors last month due to a knee issue, which will be a concern given his long history of problems in that area.


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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.


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