Spainard Rafael Nadal has missed out on a lot of action on court due to injuries. As a result, Nadal made way for Serbia's Novak Djokovic to take up the top spot in ATP rankings. Now, Nadal has revealed that he will not participate in the forthcoming ATP finals in London. The former world number one will miss out after undergoing an operation on his right ankle in Barcelona.
Nadal published a statement on social media wherein he stated it had "been a difficult year - very good on a tennis level when I have been able to play and, at the same time, very bad as far as injuries are concerned. I have done everything possible to reach the end of the season in full fitness, both for Paris and London; I really wanted to play. Unfortunately, I had an abdominal problem in Paris last week and I also have a foreign body in the ankle joint that has to be removed through surgery," he continued.
The tennis player explained the problem had been detected "a while ago and it occasionally bothered me. However, since the problem in the abdominal muscles also prevents me from playing in London, we are taking the time to remove the foreign body and avoid future problems."
Following Nadal's decision, Novak Djokovic is guaranteed to end the calendar year at the top spot in world rankings. Meanwhile, Nadal will be replaced by USA's John Isner in ATP finals.
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