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Rafael Nadal Injury: Tennis Star Pulls Out Of World Tour Finals

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This June 10, 2012 file photo shows Rafael Nadal wiping his face as he plays Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their men's final match in the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Nadal still has no timetable for his return from a knee injury.
This June 10, 2012 file photo shows Rafael Nadal wiping his face as he plays Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their men's final match in the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Nadal still has no timetable for his return from a knee injury.

MADRID -- Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next month's season-ending World Tour Finals because of an ongoing left knee injury.

The Spaniard, who hasn't played since June, also will miss the Paris Masters next week.

The 26-year-old Nadal says, "It doesn't come as a surprise. I will hopefully resume my tennis practice soon since I am making good progress with my recovery from injury."

The French Open winner and 11-time Grand Slam champion has said he hopes to return in time for the Australian Open in January. He is scheduled to play an exhibition in Abu Dhabi at the end of December.

The ATP's top eight players qualify for the Nov. 5-12 World Tour Finals in London.

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