Rafael Nadal announced on Friday that he is withdrawing from next week’s Paris Masters due to a touch of shoulder tendinitis. Via Rafa’s website:
I cannot play because of tendinitis in my left shoulder. I need to rest for six or seven days. It is nothing to be worried about but the doctor told me I have to spend those days doing intensive treatment and functional rehabilitation with physiotherapy,” the Spanish player said in a statement.
“I’m very sorry for the tournament organizers, who’ve always treated me in a very special way, and especially sorry for all my fans in France and in Paris that I won’t be able to be with them in one of my favorite cities in the world,” he added.
Those 130 mph serves don’t come cheap, y’all. Via tennis.com:
Nadal said in an e-mail sent out by his management team that he was suffering from “a small case of tendinitis in my left shoulder which came about through forcing my serve too much during training this week.”
Sure, Rafa’s resting up for the World Tour Finals in London at the end of the month – the biggest tournament he has yet to win – but there’s also his and Roger’s foundation events to think about this December. Tickets for the December 22nd match between the two giants at Madrid’s Caja Mágica, benefiting Fundacion Rafa Nadal, sold out in six hours. Their sold out “Match for Africa” will be played the day before in Zurich. So friggin’ cool. Anyone going to be there? I want reports!