In his absence, world no. 2 Roger Federer will be ranked the top seeded player in the tournament.
News of his withdrawal was broken merely minutes before the draw of the event was to take place. Interestingly, Nadal has announced on his Facebook page that he’d be travelling to Paris to compete at the event.
Nadal has had an unprecedented year in which he’s won three of the four majors in the year including a maiden US Open title thereby completing his career Grand Slam.
However, his style of play means that injuries and fatigue especially during the latter half of the season are never too far away. After his victory at the US Open, Nadal admitted to being tired and had taken a month off before returning to play a few tournaments in Asia.
In two of those three tournaments, he failed to reach the final and there were indications that Nadal was not 100% match fit.
His decision not to play at Paris notwithstanding, Nadal will look to participate at the World Tour Finals at London where he’ll be looking to win the year-end championships for the first time in his career.