Rafael Nadal refuses to dwell on past injuries ahead of Paris Masters and confirms plans to play at ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal in action

His injury record at the Paris Masters does not make for pretty reading, but Rafael Nadal insists he is “not worried” about his past woes as he is just focused on the present.

The Paris Masters is one of the few trophies absent from Nadal’s impressive collection, but he has a peculiar appearance record at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament as this year he will only be the eighth time that he has played in the event.

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On top of that, his last two visits to the Bercy Arena ended in him withdrawing from the tournament because of injury as he pulled out ahead of his semi-final last year as well as his quarter-final in 2017.

Despite his setbacks in Paris in the past, Nadal is refusing to dwell on the past

“I am here to play my best and not to think about injuries, hopefully not,” he said. “When I go to a tournament, I just focus on trying to play my best tennis. Not worry about if I got injured in the past that can happen again.

“It’s true that we are in different circumstances than previous years. But always you need to take care about the situation and you need to be ready to accept any inconvenience.”

The ATP Finals, scheduled for 15-22 November, is the final tournament on the 2020 tennis calendar and that is another tournament that Nadal is yet to win.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner, though, is hopeful of playing at The O2 Arena in London.

“Yes. If nothing happens here, yes,” the Spaniard said.

“(It) is part of the history of our game. It’s an important event and is a party of the best players of the season.”

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