Del Potro has withdrawn from the Paris-Bercy Masters. According to Fue Buena, the official reason is a right shoulder injury. JMDP appeared to be under the weather during his SF loss in Valencia. At the moment, he still looks alright to participate in the Davis Cup final, but he is currently undergoing medical examinations.
“My shoulder started bothering me in Valencia and it got worse after each round. Now I have to rest and start rehab,” said Del Potro
There are some different theories floating around about why JMDP withdrew from Paris:
- Davis Cup preparation: JMDP has effectively killed his chances of qualifying for the London WTF by not playing Paris. Paris is also one of the quickest court surfaces, which is bad preparation for playing on clay in December. Having squashed all chances of playing the WTF, he can now fully focus on Davis Cup.
- Exhaustion: Given his 3 straight weeks of playing tournaments in Stockholm, Vienna and Valencia, perhaps he needs rest.
- The simplest reason: JMDP withdrew because his right shoulder was injured.
While theory #1 would be easier to accept, it ultimately doesn’t make too much sense in explaining his withdrawal. While #2 is a factor, I have a feeling the real reason for his withdrawal is the simplest one, #3—he is really worried about his shoulder. Let’s just hope it’s a one-time issue and that it doesn’t flare up into something serious.
The withdrawal list for the Paris Masters continues to grow: Robin Soderling, Rafael Nadal, and Juan Martin del Potro. Novak Djokovic has yet to confirm whether or not he will be competing in the last Masters tournament of the year.