Kei Nishikori Announces Unfortunate News

Published 11/02/2021, 12:02 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 6, 2021 Japan’s Kei Nishikori reacts during his fourth round match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


It has been a rough ride for Kei Nishikori in the 2021 season. Due to consistent injuries plaguing him, the Japanese tennis star hasn’t played much tennis this year. 

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Today, Kei Nishikori gave an update with regard to his fitness and schedule. Unfortunately, he has been suffering from a back injury that will keep him out of the Stockholm Open 2021. In fact, he has decided to end his season and focus on the upcoming 2022 season. He intends to work hard during the off-season and hopes for better results in the new year. 

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The 2014 US Open finalist released a statement that read, “Unfortunately, I have to pull out Stockholm next week. I hurt my back some weeks ago before San Diego and it has continued to bother me. It’s been a long year, coming back from injury and I look forward to the off-season. Also, look forward to having strong pre-season training to make 2022 a great year. Thank you for all the support. Kei.”

Kei Nishikori has dealt with a few injuries in 2021

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During most of this season, Kei has been on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury. Although he did play at the Grand Slam events this year, Nishikori’s form was below his usual standards. His best result was when he reached the fourth round at the French Open this year. 

Nonetheless, there were a few positives for him to take, looking back on the season. He reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam and Dubai. He even made it to the semifinal at the Washington Open 2021. The 31-year-old player also registered a victory over Andrey Rublev at the Tokyo Olympics this year. 

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

As a fan, one hopes to see the Japanese star fix his problems and get back on the tennis courts competing for the biggest prizes once again. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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