Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris and London

  • World tennis number four Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour finals in London due to a prolonged recovery from an injury to his left knee.

    The 11-time grand-slam singles champion has not played since suffering a second-round loss to Czech Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June.

    "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," the 26-year-old Spaniard said via a statement on the ATP website on Thursday.

    "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,” he added.

    Nadal has been plagued with knee problems for years and could also miss the Davis Cup final between his country, who are the reigning champions, and Czech Republic in Prague from November 16 to 18.