10/25/12 9:54 PM | Johan Lindahl
The 2012 season has ended early as expected for injured Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard pulled out of the Paris Masters next week and the London season final starting November 5 due to his continuing left-knee injury.
It was barely a surprise that the 26-year-old confirmed that he won't be playing in either big event. The decision does open up another place in the eight-man field at London, with Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro next man to qualify into the elite field.
In addition two more spots are now also open.
Nadal, now ranked fourth, has not played a match since a Wimbledon second-round loss in late June. Reports still indicate that he might be able to front up for the end-of-December Abu Dhabi exhibition for a healthy guarantee.
"It's disappointing for me to miss the last two tournaments of the season in Paris and London, but it doesn't come as a surprise," Nadal said in a statement. "I will hopefully resume my tennis practice soon since I am making good progress with my recovery from injury.
"I am not ready to compete in time for these events so I will continue my recovery in Mallorca and work hard to be back as soon as possible."
The decision would also seem to rule out Nadal from a possible token doubles appearance in Spain's Davis Cup final November 16-18 in Prague against the Czech Republic.
ATP boss Brad Drewett expressed his disappointment.
"We wish Rafa all the best as he continues his rehabilitation from injury," he said. "Rafa is an incredible champion and it goes without saying that he has been missed on the ATP World Tour over the past few months. We look forward to welcoming him back on the tour very soon."
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