Why Even Injured, Djokovic Hasn't Withdrawn from Paris Bercy Masters

Maly ThomasContributor IINovember 8, 2011

Novak Djokovic
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Even with a bad injury to the shoulder. Novak Djokovic decided to play in Paris Bercy Masters. And that, just 10 days before the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

A weird decision from World N1, as a little rest would probably help him recover and get to London in a good shape.

Well, that would be a very good sports decision. But things are a little different. In fact a little tradition may be the reason why Novak Djokovic decided to play in France :

Traditionally, after Paris-Bercy Masters, a bonus check of $2 million is offered to World N1 (if that player has played at least eight masters 1000 during the year). Djokovic has already missed Shanghai Masters, and needs Paris to make it eight (and get the money).

So yes, if his injury is really bad, Novak will probably lose in the 2nd round (as seeded, he doesn't play first round), but he'll get the money. The records can wait, and "Super (rich) Novak" has already won in Bercy in 2009.