Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal confirmed Thursday that he will not compete in the Paris Masters or the season-ending World Tour Finals in London due to a nagging knee injury.
"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. I will hopefully resume my tennis practice soon since I'm making good progress with my recovery from injury," Nadal said on Facebook.
"I'm not ready to compete at the highest level in time for these events so I will continue my recovery in Mallorca and work hard to be back as soon as possible," Nadal, whose ranking has fallen to No. 4 due to his lengthy absence from the Tour, said.
Nadal told Efe in August that he was suffering from a knee ailment known as Hoffa's syndrome, which is also known as fat pad impingement and involves pain and swelling around the bottom and under the kneecap.
He said then that his current injury is not the same rotulian tendon ailment he has suffered from in the past. "It's something different and I think this is good because the tendons are very well recovered compared to how they were three years ago."
The Spaniard began the summer on a high note by capturing a record seventh French Open title with a victory over then-world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final.
But he suffered a shock second-round exit at Wimbledon a couple of weeks later at the hands of unheralded Czech Lukas Rosol, considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of that prestigious tournament, and has not competed since.
Nadal, known for his physically demanding style of play and outstanding defensive skills, has struggled to stay healthy during his career, having been forced to withdraw from each of the four Grand Slam events due to various injuries.
The Spaniard did not indicate Thursday whether he would compete for his country in the Davis Cup final on Nov. 16-18 against the Czech Republic, although he told CNN on Oct. 15 that it was "unlikely" that he would be available for that showdown.
He vowed, however, to be "ready" to play in the Australian Open in January.
"Everything is possible, but it's unlikely too," Nadal said in response to a question about whether he would be ready to play in the Davis Cup final, which will be played on indoor carpet - his least favorite surface - in Prague's O2 Arena.
"I don't know if I will or I won't, I need to work with much less intensity than required for the (World Tour Finals) or the final of the Davis Cup," Nadal said then.