The Rolex Paris Masters draw will be released on Friday evening, and at the moment Juan Martin del Potro was the only top player who withdrew. In a brief chat to Tennis World USA, the Tournament Director Guy Forget has given the latest updates about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s appearances.
The Spaniard, who has been sidelined from the competition due to a knee injury, is currently training in Mallorca and will reach Paris this weekend. He will train there and then accordingly on how he feels both physically and tennis-wise he will take a decision.
Nadal is set to open his campaign on Wednesday, providing he plays. No news on Federer: he is still competing at the Swiss Indoors in Basel and only afterwards the 20-time Major winner will take a call. ‘Like every year’, Forget added.
He has not been playing in Paris since 2015. Novak Djokovic instead will definitely play the Rolex Paris Masters, and after some training sessions in Monte Carlo he will soon reach the French event. Djokovic won 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 titles here.
For Nadal, the final part of the year is very important and that’s why the Spanish player is giving his best in order to compete again in time for the Rolex Paris Masters that starts on Monday. Nadal already skipped the Davis Cup semifinals tie between France and Spain, then Beijing and Shanghai.
Since his withdrawal on September 7 in the US Open semifinals against Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal closely followed the doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro. Nadal went through a treatment, and worked at the gym and in the pool with his physioterapist Rafael Maymò and fitness trainer Joan Forcades.
On the indoor hard-courts Nadal has the worst win/loss percentage per surface, 68.1%, and the ATP Finals are the only big title missing on his achievements list. He is back to practice a couple of weeks ago with one of his coaches Carlos Moya, but they did not promote it on social media channels.