Kei Nishikori Announces Unfortunate News Following His Commitment to Play Paris Masters 2021

Published 10/28/2021, 12:34 PM EDT
Aug 6, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


The final tournament on the ATP tour, Rolex Paris Masters will be taking place from 1st November to 7th November 2021. With the date coming closer, the expectation for the event is growing exponentially. However, there has been unfortunate news from the camp of Japanese star, Kei Nishikori, ahead of the event.

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The 31-year-old has been missing from action since the Indian Wells tournament in California.

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Kei Nishikori withdraws from Paris Masters

The Japanese superstar, Kei Nishikori, has unfortunately announced his withdrawal from the Paris Masters. The former World No. 4 has had a career marked by unfortunate injuries and is now set to miss another major event on the ATP tour.

Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts during his Men’s Singles third round match Alex de Minaur of Australia on day five of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Earlier, when news broke of his withdrawal from the ongoing Vienna Open, Nishikori had tweeted that his next tournament would be in Paris. The situation must have changed since as news broke recently that he won’t be competing in Paris.

At Indian Wells, Nishikori cleared the first round in a three-set thriller against Joao Sousa. He then faced Dan Evans in the second round. However, the Brit dominated over Nishikori and won the contest in three sets. Since then, Kei Nishikori hasn’t participated on the ATP Tour. 

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James Duckworth to play in Paris

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The spot vacated by Nishikori will be taken up by World No. 51 James Duckworth. The Australian was recently knocked out of St. Petersburg Open in the first round.

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With Kei Nishikori withdrawing from the tournament, James Duckworth got a spot. Now all eyes are on World No. 55, Mackenzie McDonald. McDonald will be the next beneficiary in-line if another player withdraws from the Paris Masters.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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