Kei Nishikori ATP US Open 2021

‘Rehab is starting’ – Former ATP Slam finalist reveals huge injury development

2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori has undergone arthroscopic hip surgery, with his rehabilitation now up and running. 

The former world number four has not played since Indian Wells in October, announcing in January that he was dealing with injury and would have to skip his ‘home’ Slam of the Australian Open, the Asian-Pacific Major. 

On 25th January, Nishikori announced his decision to undergo hip surgery in order to get back to playing.

“After trying several different rehab options, I have decided (together with my medical team) to have arthroscopic hip surgery this week,” he said in a statement on Twitter. 

“I will work as hard as I can and the goal is to be back in about six months. 

“Thank you for all your support and I look forward to seeing you on the tour again soon.”

Now, the Japanese star has updated fans on the results of that surgery.

“Surgery went good,” he captioned a video of himself walking on crutches.

“Rehab is starting.”

The Rio 2016 Olympic singles bronze medallist did not play between the 2019 US Open until 12 months later in September 2020 due to a combination of injury and the shutdown of the tour due to Covid.

In 2021, looking good, Nishikori played 17 ATP tour level tournaments, including his home Olympics in Tokyo, accumulating a win-loss record of 26-17.

Moving forward based on his own prediction, fans will not see the 32-year-old back on court until after this year’s Wimbledon in July.

Nishikori claims the accolade of having reached at least the quarter-finals of every Major multiple times.

He has 12 ATP tour singles titles to his name, and has reached four Masters 1000 finals and a Slam final at the 2014 US Open, losing to former world number three Marin Cilic there.

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