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Player Profile – Kei Nishikori

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This is the player profile of Japanese professional tennis player Kei Nishikori

Basic Details about Kei Nishikori

Full Name: Kei Nishikori

Player Profile – Kei Nishikori

Date of Birth: 29th December, 1989

Place of Birth: Matsue, Japan

Residence: Bradenton, Florida, United States of America

Nationality: Japan

Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Professional Details about Kei Nishikori

Turned Pro: in 2007

Playing Style: Right Handed

Coaches: Dante Bottini (2010 – 2014), Michael Chang (Since 2014)

Best Grand Slam Singles Performance by Kei Nishikori

Australian Open: QF – 2012

French Open: R4 – 2013

Wimbledon: R4 – 2014

US Open: Final – 2014

Best Grand Slam Doubles Performance by Kei Nishikori

French Open: R2 – 2011

Wimbledon: R2 – 2011

Other Tournaments Performance by Kei Nishikori

Olympics: QF – 2012

Early and Personal Life of Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori was born to Kiyoshi and Eri Nishikori in Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. His father is an engineer, whereas his mother is a piano teacher. Kei Nishikori has an elder sister, Reina, who works in Tokyo. Kei Nishikori started playing tennis when he was just five years old. He first won the All Japan Kids Championships in 2001. After getting a graduation degree from the Aomori-Yamada High School, Kei Nishikori moved to Florida and joined IMG Academy there. Kei Nishikori likes to play football, golf and also likes to read books and listening to the music in his free time.

Professional Career of Kei Nishikori

At the age of 15 Kei Nishikori won a title at Riad 21 Tournament in Rabat, Morocco and then won a doubles Junior French Open title in 2006. Kei Nishikori won the 2007 Luxilon Cup, which was held at the Sony Ericsson Open in 2007. Next year Kei Nishikori won his first ever ATP title by beating James Blake in the finals of the Delray Beach Tournament at the age of 16 and became the youngest and the first Japanese man to do so. After having ups and downs both with the career and also with the injuries, Kei Nishikori kept on working hard on his game and reached the Quarter Finals of the Australian Open 2012 which made him the first Japanese player to reach that stage in nearly 80 years.

On 7th October 2012 Kei Nishikori won his second ATP tournament at his home by winning the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo. But the best part of his career till date came in the 2014 US Open when Kei Nishikori defeated the World No. 1 player Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the tournament. But he lost to Marin Cilic in the finals. But that helped him to gain his highest ranking in the ATP tour which is 8th.

Back in 2013, Kei claimed his ATP Tour title for the third time in Memphis. Post that, he played for Team Japan in the Davis Cup. Later in 2014, he again won the Memphis Title and ATP 500 title in Barcelona. Besides this, he also reached the semi-finals of Miami Masters finally broke into the world top 10, reaching No. 9 in the world ranking

Kei won his third Memphis title in 3 years in 2015 and also reached the final at Mexico Open. In the same year, he reached at No. 4, the highest-ranking so far in his career. Later, he also played at the ATP World Tour Finals for the 2nd consecutive year.

In 2016, Kei again won the Memphis Open title. Post that, he also won a bronze medal at Rio de Janeiro Olympics after 96 years in the history of tennis in Japan. He also made his place in the quarterfinals of the US Open. Last but not least, he was at the ATP World Tour Finals for 3 years in a row and became one of the top players in the world.

Endorsements by Kei Nishikori

  • Wilson BLX
  • Uniqlo Clothing
  • Adidas
  • Nissin Foods
  • TAG Heuer
  • Fast Retailing
  • LVMH Moet Hennessy
  • EA Games
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Morinaga & Company
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