U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem is skipping the Paris Masters because of blisters on his foot.
The Austrian lost in the quarterfinals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna and said after the match that he had been struggling with the blisters since the tournament's first round. On Friday, he cast doubt about playing in Paris.
The World No. 3 is expected to use the break to get ready for the season-ending ATP Finals in London beginning Nov. 15.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic previously pulled out of the Paris tournament, the final ATP Masters 1000 event of the year, because playing in the event provided him with no benefit in ranking points.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal is the tournament's No. 1 seed, followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Russian Daniil Medvedev. A win by Nadal would give him 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles, tying Djokovic's record.
Seven players ranked in the top 10 are taking part in the Paris event. Roger Federer, ranked No. 4, is out as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
--Field Level Media