Kei Nishikori Gets Married to His Longtime Girlfriend

Published 12/18/2020, 7:47 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 17: Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates winning match point in his second round match against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia during day four of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


Japanese No.1 Kei Nishikori has discreetly married former Japanese model Mai Yamauchi. The two have been together for 5 years and were married secretly in Tokyo a week ago.

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It is reported that Mai Yamauchi and Nishikori started dating in 2015 and have been living together in Tokyo since 2019. Mizuki travels along with Nishikori to his tournaments and foreign tours. She is camera shy, and both Nishikori and Mizuki have tried to keep the relationship under wraps.

Nishikori announced the news to everybody. He seemingly wants to move into 2021 with this positive news. “Thank you for your warm support.

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“I would like to report that I have married Mai Yamauchi, who I have been dating for a long time, on December 11th. I would like to get a new companion and prepare well for the coming season, which is expected to start again.

“The difficult situation continues in the midst of the corona. We look forward to your continued support in the future.”

Being a former model, Nishikori’s wife Mai Yamauchi had a stage name as well ‘Ako Mizuki’.

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Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a backhand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Kei Nishikori getting ready for the 2021 season

Currently, Nishikori is recovering from a shoulder injury that he sustained in the latter part of the 2020 season. Nishikori’s 2020 season was plagued with injuries.

He played very few matches and suffered a disappointing run. But the Japanese player is thankful that the Olympics have been postponed.

Nishikori is the reigning bronze medalist at the Olympics. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nishikori beat Rafa Nadal to win the bronze medal. And this time, as the Olympics were scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, Nishikori wanted to do well in his backyard.

But as he struggled with injuries, he thought he would miss the 2020 Olympics, but because of the pandemic, it had to be postponed to 2021.

Now Nishikori is raring to participate in it. And if he clinches another medal, he will join an elite group of consecutive Olympic games medal winners in tennis.

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Kei Nishikori reacts during his Men’s Singles third round match. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

“I was planning to attend. However, I was injured, so it was a lucky postponement for me. For next year, I think it’s still hard for everyone to feel that way, but when Corona calms down a little more, we all want to aim for the Olympics,” Nishikori said.

For Nishikori, it is a good end to the year 2020. It had been a troublesome year for him, but now he can end it well with small celebrations with his loved ones.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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