Following his straight sets upset to 17-year-old wildcard Borna Coric in the quarter-final round of the Swiss Indoor Basel, world No. 3 Rafael Nadal announced that he would skip the remainder of the 2014 season and opt for appendix surgery on Nov. 3.
While the Spaniard had withdrawn from the Paris Bercy next week ahead of his quarter-final meeting with the young Croat, he revealed following the loss that he was putting the injury-plagued 2014 to bed.
“I have maximum respect for both tournaments. I love the city of Paris and the people who work there. London is a fantastic tournament with great fans, so it wasn’t an easy decision for me.
“If I don’t have a chance to win, I’m better to let my body try to recover… I accept [that] and I know [that] I have to be better for the beginning of 2015, and the only way to be better is to work on my health. Without health, you cannot work.”
While Nadal had spent several months on the sidelines this season, he still managed to win a his 14th Grand Slam title, along with three other titles on the ATP World Tour. He will finish the season with a 48-11 win-loss record.
Nadal’s absence from the tour for the coming six weeks means that there are now four spots remaining for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The tournament is scheduled to take place between Nov. 9-16 in London, UK.