Injuries have influenced the ATP Tour very seriously this year. Ten of the top-30 players withdrew from Paris Bercy, the last Masters 1000 of the season, and Rafael Nadal could not continue his run as he was forced to pull out before his quarter-final.
Analyzing the topic on Sky Sports, Annabel Croft said she thinks Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and others' decision to shut down their season was partly borrowed from having watched Nadal and Roger Federer benefiting from doing so similarly, in 2016.
'What Roger and Rafa have done by taking that time off last year has made everybody think. That's why so many of the players have pulled out of tournaments so they can get themselves ready. It's a very demanding tour, it's not easy.' Croft also spoke about Nadal, who may not play at the ATP Finals due to a knee injury: 'When I listen to that interview it does have a sense that maybe he is thinking more towards not playing than playing.
I thought initially he'll definitely want to be there and it's a big event. All these players are so proud when they make that end-of-season championships. It's what makes so many of them hunt for it at this time of the year.
But when you consider he took time off after Shanghai last year, he used all of that time to work at his game, improve his game, get fit and ready and look what he achieved in 2017 generally.' ALSO READ: Here is where you can watch Murray vs Federer exhibition For Free