Rafa withdraws from Basel
Per a post on his Facebook account, Rafa has withdrawn from next week’s tournament in Basel. This appears to be a precautionary measure as it means he won’t be playing 3 weeks in a row on hard courts. To me, this is an indication that he’s placing his health over the year end #1 ranking*, which seems wise for the long run. I hope he enjoys and extra week of rest and that he’ll be refreshed and ready to play in Paris.
*He can still end the year at #1, but Basel would help make it a certainty.