Japan’s number one tennis player Kei Nishikori last played at US Open 2019. His right elbow interrupted his dusk of 2019 and the dawn of the 2020 season. His injury was so serious and it compelled him to say “I’m getting closer to retirement.”
Fortunately, the Japanese ace has recovered from his injury issues and has announced his return to the ATP Tour. Nishikori will be showing up on the courts of Davis Cup. Team Japan will play against the Latin Americans from Ecuador in Miki, Japan. The event is set to take place on March 6-7, 2020.
In December last year, Nishikori was anxious about his tenure on the professional tour. But now things have started falling in place.
It will be his first tennis event since his elbow surgery in October 2019. He concluded the season without a title and also parted ways with his longtime coach Dante Bottini.
In place of Bottini, he has appointed the former doubles specialist, Max Mirnyi in his team.
In 2019, Nishikori was the quarterfinalist in the first three Slams of the year. Also, he played a five-set thriller against France’s Benoit Paire at Roland Garros and that turned out to be one of the best matches of the year.
After missing tournaments from the Asian swing in 2019 and the Australian Open 2020, Nishikori failed to defend quite a lot of ATP points and consequently, his World Number eight ranking fell to number 31.
2020 goal for Kei Nishikori
Besides all his shortcomings, Kei Nishikori’s priority for the 2020 season is the Tokyo Games. He aims to do well on his home turf while representing his nation at the Olympics.
The former US Open finalist is training hard to emulate his 2016 Rio Games glory in Tokyo. Also, the Japanese tennis fans expecting Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori to team-up of the doubles action in their city during the prestigious event of Olympics.