The director of the Paris Masters, Guy Forget, has taken a thinly veiled swipe at Roger Federer for his decision to withdraw from this week’s tournament.
The Swiss star made known his decision to pull out of the Paris Masters after winning his eight Indoors title in Basel on Sunday.
It had been hoped that both world no. 1, Rafael Nadal and second seed, Federer would go head-to-head in Paris, but Federer has taken the week off to rest his body ahead of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London next month.
Federer’s decision has angered Paris organisers, especially Forget who has hit out at Federer’s selfish behaviour.
Speaking to l’Equipe, Forget said: “You imagine my disappointment, my frustration (at Federer’s withdrawal). I had his agent (Tony Godsick) on the phone who told me of his wish to recover because he is at the end of the roll. We take note of it.”
“We have no other recourse against that. We are sad about all the efforts that have been made for many weeks and many months to welcome Roger and Rafa into this room,” he added.
Forget went on to question Federer’s decision to prioritise a Masters 500 event in his hometown of Basel over a Masters 1000 event in Paris.
“The tennis player, by definition, looks at his own interest, what interests him, what interests him less and has to make choices.”
“When a player, whoever he is, misses this appointment, it weakens the credibility of the circuit. I greet all those who make the effort. So some are a little diminished.”
As a result of Federer’s decision, Nadal is now virtually guaranteed ending the year as no. 1 for the fourth time in his career, as he needs to win just one round in Paris or at the ATP World Tour Finals in London to put himself clear of his great rival.