Paris Masters organisers receive heavy criticism after Jannik Sinner WITHDRAWS from the competition after being scheduled to play just 14 hours after late-night victory
- Sinner finished his second-round win against Mackenzie McDonald at 2.30am
- As a result, Alex De Minaur will be handed a walkover to reach the quarter-finals
- Italian will now focus his energy into preparations for ATP Finals and Davis Cup
Organisers of the Paris Masters are facing heavy criticism over their scheduling after Jannik Sinner withdrew following a late-night finish.
The Italian fourth seed, one of the most in-form players in the world, did not conclude his second-round victory over Mackenzie McDonald until gone 2.30am on Thursday morning and was then scheduled to play Alex De Minaur at 5pm.
Eighth-ranked Casper Ruud took to social media to brand the scheduling a ‘joke’, writing on X, formerly known as Twitter: ‘Bravo @atptour way to help one of the best players in the world recover and be as ready as possible when he finished his previous match at 2:37 am this morning 14,5 hours to recover.. what a joke.’
It was then confirmed around 90 minutes before the start of the match that Sinner, winner of two titles in his last three tournaments, including in Vienna last Sunday, had withdrawn citing fatigue.
‘I am sorry to announce that I am withdrawing from today’s match in Bercy,’ wrote Sinner on X (formerly Twitter).
Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Paris Masters after receiving an unplayable schedule
Fellow top 10 player Casper Ruud lambasted the tournament’s organisation, calling it a ‘joke’
‘I finished the match when it was almost 3 in the morning and didn’t go to bed until a few hours later. I had less than 12 hours to rest and prepare for the next game.
‘I have to make the right decision for my health and my body. The weeks ahead with the ATP Finals at home and the Davis Cup will be very important, now I focus on preparing for these important events. See you in Turin! Forza!’
De Minaur moves directly through to the quarter-finals, where he will take on fifth seed Andrey Rublev, who defeated Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-3 6-3.
Grigor Dimitrov continued his good form, beating Alexander Bublik 6-2 6-2 but Roman Safiullin was unable to follow up his upset of Carlos Alcaraz, losing out 4-6 6-4 6-2 to fellow Russian Karen Khachanov.
At the end of October Sinner won the Erste Bank Open in Vienna to claim his 10th career title
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