Kei Nishikori Indian Wells Masters 2021

Kei Nishikori talks return and hints at retirement plans: ‘I want to live each day to the fullest’

Former World number four Kei Nishikori has cast light on his long-awaited return from injury, suggesting that his tennis career is coming towards an end. 

Nishikori’s last ATP Tour appearance came at the 2021 Indian Wells Masters back in October, since which time he has been away from the court trying to solve a hip problem. He revealed on social media in January that he had decided to undergo arthroscopic surgery in a bid to get to the bottom of it – a similar procedure to help fix Andy Murray’s injury woes.

In the post, the 2014 US Open finalist said he expected to be out for “about six months”, giving August as a possible time of return.  However, now the former Japanese number one has given a further update on his fitness journey suggesting he may able to play at the US Open in the Autumn.

“If all goes well, I might be able to play the US Open this year,” Kei Nishikori. “[I’m] trying to be ready in time for the Rakuten Japan Open [in October] if it is held this year.”

Nishikori went on to discuss further his career after he has returned to full fitness, with him hinting at possible retirement in the not so distant future.

“I don’t think I have ten more years in my tennis career, so I want to live each day to the fullest.”

Nishikori’s hip is not the only major injury to have affected him during his career, with a serious wrist injury in 2017 forcing him to change his serve and forehand motions.
Furthermore, in the 2019 season, the tennis ace was forced to cut short his season due to injury problems following elbow surgery.

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