World number-one men's tennis player Rafael Nadal of Spain is missing this week's Paris Masters tournament with a shoulder injury but he says it won't prevent him from playing at the ATP World Tour finals later this month in London.
Nadal told a news conference Monday in Paris that he has a small case of tendinitis in his left shoulder and that he withdrew from the last Masters tournament of the season to avoid risking a serious injury before the season-ending finals.
The top-ranked Spaniard said he will need one week of full training to be ready for the ATP Finals, which run November 21-28.
After winning the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open this season, Nadal is guaranteed to finish the year at number-one. He has played in 33 of the past 35 Masters 1000 tournaments.
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