10/31/12 5:29 PM | Johan Lindahl
Novak Djokovic has joined the chorus of players worried about the lack of a preparation week prior to the World Tour Finals in London.
The Serb is concerned that the condensed season is seriously compromising the run-up schedule and leaving ATP events in Basel, Valencia and the Paris Masters vulnerable to withdrawals.
It happened last week in Basel when Andy Murray upped stakes and left the Swiss event without a counterpoint on court to Roger Federer, with the Murray claiming that back problems prevented him from playing. His pullout also put paid to the first - and likely last - edition of British Day at the tennis in the Swiss business center.
This week in Paris, defending champ Roger Federer is out after losing the Basel final to Juan Martin Del Potro and then opting to rest in preparation for Monday's all-too-soon starting date in London.
"It's all too much," said the world No. 1 of the newest ATP scheduling wrinkle, which strings three events together without pause to end a season which has been shortened by a fortnight.
Now the penny has dropped for Djokovic, who refused to answer queries about whether he made a day-trip from Paris this week to Belgrade to visit his father, hospitalized with a respiratory problem but said to be over the worst of it.
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