Rafael Nadal has decided he will have appendicitis surgery next month, ruling him out of the upcoming Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion announced he would undergo surgery on November 3 and that his season was all done and dusted after losing to 17-year-old Borna Coric in a the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Friday.
“It’s the day to say goodbye for the season”, Nadal said. “I’m not going to play in Paris and London. I am not competitive enough to do that”.
The 28-year-old had earlier pulled out of the Paris Masters, which begins on Monday at the Palais Omnisport in Bercy, citing “personal reasons”.
The Spaniard opted to postpone surgery to participate at the Shanghai Open and in Basel, relying on antibiotic treatment instead. The Swiss Indoors was just the third tournament he had played since Wimbledon, following a wrist surgery.
But the manner with which Coric dismissed him at the ATP Masters 500 confirmed he was far from match fitness. Nadal was a shadow of his fit self in the first set and, despite showing little improvement in the second set, watched the Croat twice serve to stay in the set before offering two match points when he delivered a forehand wide.
Coric kept composure to seal a memorable win with the first. He goes on to face Belgian David Goffin in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Nadal’s withdrawal from the season-ending tournament presents an opportunity for Britain’s Andy Murray- 9th in the race for London- to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals, but the 27-year-old must build on his quarter-final win over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in Valencia by beating Spain’s David Ferrer in the semi-finals.