Roger Federer decided on Monday to skip this week’s Paris Masters after winning a record 10th title at his home Swiss Open in Basel.
The decision came after a morning meeting with his team in the wake of the weekend trophy success.
“I am extremely disappointed to have to pull out of the Rolex Paris Masters. I have to pace myself since I want to play as long as possible on the ATP Tour,” Federer said in a statement.
“I’m sorry for my French fans who I will see next year at Roland Garros.”
TD Guy Forget added “I’m obviously disappointed about this withdrawal, especially for the spectators,” the former player said.
“Despite this announcement, the tournament promises to be a thrilling tournament, and the stakes are still very high as the last few places in the ATP Finals in London are up for grabs as well as the end-of-year No.1 spot,” announced Guy Forget, director of the Rolex Paris Masters.
The late call on Paris participation marked a continuation of Federer’s standard habit of waiting to decide on the event in the Bercy arena
“My fitness is fine, I’m happy with how I feel. I just don’t know if I should (play next week),” he said in Basel. “I’ll figure it out with the team.”
Federer also revealed the open secret that emotion often drives him once the job on court is done.
The winner of another trophy here began welling up slightly on the victory podium during the trophy presentation.
But unlike on some other big-final occasions, the 38-year-old father of four managed to keep it together, thanking the crowd and opponent Alex de Minaur after his 6-2, 6-2 defeat of the Australian.
Asked what can trigger the occasional waterworks in delicate moments, the 20-time Grand Slam champion explained it’s a variety of factors.
“It might be remembering back at all that went into this week, the family of maybe the (coaching) team aspect,” he said,
“People think I just go out there and do it at will – but it’s not that way at all.
“Sometimes I stand there and look back at what I’ve gone through. The ballkids running onto court (for the trophy ceremony) – that can get me going.
“Also thanking the fans at the end.”
The winner of 103 career titles – six away from tying the 109 all-time mark set by Jimmy Connors – called the entire ceremony situation “special.”
“It leaves a mark for me,” he added after making an appearance at his annual pizza party with all tournament ballkids held immediately after the trophy ceremony.
“To be able to play in a stadium with people celebrating your tennis it’s a wonderful feeling
“I’ve had an incredible journey, it’s hit me hard winning in Basel. This is not something that I take as normal.
“(Winning a title) is something unique and special, even if I’ve done it a lot.”