Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's Paris Masters to focus on the ATP World Finals.
Nadal used Facebook to let his fans know that he won't be competing in Paris next week. The world number two posted the following message on his wall, "I won't be playing this upcoming week the tournament in Paris Bercy. It's been a difficult decision to take but I understand that it is what I need to do right now to prepare well for the end of this season and also for 2012. I hope I can be back in 2012 to that great event in the most beautiful city in the world, and hopefully try to win it once day."
It's not a particularly surprising decision. Due to its location right at the end of the season, Paris always suffers from high profile withdrawals, either through injury or players simply needing a break.
It's been the least successful Masters 1000 event of Nadal's career, he's never felt comfortable on the fast, bouncy courts of Bercy and he lost 6-2, 6-3 in the semi-finals to Novak Djokovic on his last appearance back in 2009.
Nadal has both the ATP World Finals and the Davis Cup final coming up in the next month and he'll be focusing all his energy on those events. The ATP World Finals begins on November 20th in London.