Kei Nishikori Provides Injury Update after Davis Cup Withdrawal

Published 03/05/2020, 10:39 AM EST


Injury-stricken Kei Nishikori pulled out of Japan’s Davis Cup 2020 qualifier tie against Ecuador due to elbow injury. The former World No.3 was attempting to make comeback from a six-month injury layoff against Ecuador. However, When will Nishikori eventually return to action? He answers.

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Nishikori has been struggling with a right-elbow injury since US Open 2019. He was in Japan’s Davis Cup team for the first time since winning a doubles rubber partnering with Yuichi Sugita against Ukraine in 2016.

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“I just couldn’t make it in time”: Kei Nishikori

The 30-year-old explained that condition-wise he is not at his best. He aims to get back to playing after he builds up his body a bit more and get back his confidence. Subsequently, his comeback could be delayed until the clay-court season kicks off in April.

“Everything is going well, but I just couldn’t make it in time. I’m sure I will come back soon, hopefully in Miami this month or for the clay-court season. But not this week,” said Nishikori, speaking exclusively to daviscup.com.

The World No. 31 is still not fit enough because of the nagging injury, which required surgery in October. Though he is definite about his return to action, his comeback still remains out of sight as it is a step by step process and it all depends on his build-up.

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“My body is not ready yet”: Nishikori

“My elbow is fine but my body is not ready yet, and I want to build it up. I’ve rested a long time and I’m coming back from zero. It’s sad, seeing the Australian Open and now skipping the Davis Cup, and other big tournaments are coming,” he concluded.

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The Davis Cup could provide a perfect opportunity for Nishikori to get some match practice and get some groove back. However, the stars don’t seem to be on his side as he failed to make it to the event. It will be interesting to see when the Japanese star can recover from his injury and return back to action.

 

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