Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/29/12
Rafael Nadal is injured. Roger Federer could not face playing three tournaments in a row. And now, Novak Djokovic is sick and may or may not have flown to Belgrade, Serbia, to see his father, who is in the hospital suffering from a back ailment. It was obvious, from the moment the decision was made to close off the free week between the ATP Masters 1000 event here in Paris and the ATP World Tour Finals in London, that one or both tournaments would suffer. But circumstances have made it particularly hard on this well-supported event that is now run by Guy Forget, the former French Davis Cup captain and winner here. The decision to play Paris and London back-to-back was made by former ATP CEO Adam Helfant, who cast the deciding vote as chairman of the ATP Board, which is made up of three tournament directors and three player representatives. It would be harsh to lay the blame solely at Helfant's door because at least two of the player reps were in favor of it, but it was a decision ...
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