What’s Next for Kei Nishikori After Yet Another Injury Plagued Season? The Japanese Star Brings Future Goals into Focus

Published 12/13/2021, 7:59 AM EST
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts during his second round match against Marcos Giron of the United States REUTERS/Edgar Su


Former World No. 4 Kei Nishikori hasn’t had the best year but has the potential to be one of the top players on the ATP circuit. Unfortunately, Kei’s recent seasons have been injury-plagued, and he hasn’t been able to get a consistent run on Tour. Currently ranked at World No. 47, the Japanese expressed his desire to attain a rank under the top 20.

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Nishikori, who recently became a father, expressed his desire to regain his old form in the next few seasons.

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Kei Nishikori wants to make a statement

Kei Nishikori recently, in an interview, discussed regaining his old form back on the tour. The 2014 US Open finalist wants to get back to reaching the later stages of Grand Slam tournaments.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 2, 2021 Japan’s Kei Nishikori reacts during his second round match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

“I’m still about no. 50, need to be back in top 20 or 30 to get seeded at Slams. Want to come back to the position to make semis at Slams in the next couple of years, that’s one of my motivations, the atmosphere of Slams is special,” he stated in an interview with wowow tennis.

The Japanese is definitely capable of achieving his maiden Grand Slam title. In addition, Nishikori has touched the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam on twelve occasions. There was a time when the Japanese possessed a serious threat to ‘The Big Three’.

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Nishikori’s 2021 season

2021 hasn’t been memorable for Kei Nishikori as it looks like he is still struggling with injuries. His most notable performance came at Washington Open as he progressed to the semi-finals of the competition. However, he fell short against the American Mackenzie McDonald.

Aug 6, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Kei Nishikori of Japan hits a backhand 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

Nishikori has earned 12 ATP titles throughout his professional career. Apart from ATP titles, he also grabbed the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, defeating the 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal. With a record of 27-7 (win-loss), Nishikori holds the record for the highest victory percentage in five-setter matches.

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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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