Meet Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori began playing tennis at age 5.
Mother, Eri, is a piano teacher; father, Kiyoshi, is an engineer; sister, Reina.
Moved from Shimane, Japan, to USA at age 14, to train at the IMG Academy in Florida and didn’t speak a word of English when he arrived. Still trains at IMG Academy.
Came to academy as a member of Masaaki Morita Tennis Fund group, which consists of a select group of Japanese players sponsored by Mr. Morita, CEO of Sony.
Favorite surfaces are hard and clay; best shot is forehand.
Named 2008 ATP Star of Tomorrow.
In 2011, played current coach Michael Chang in Tokyo to raise money for earthquake relief.
Has a phone app (keisapp.com).
Physiotherapist is Koichi Nakao.
Underwent right elbow surgery in August 2009, missing more than 11 months. Did not play after Montreal in 2017 (right wrist).