Meet Kei Nishikori
The Hawaii Open is proud to welcome back 2018 defending champion Kei Nishikori!
Nishikori, who reached the quarterfinals in the 2019 Australian Open, has had an impressive career since turning pro in 2007. He is the only Japanese man to be ranked inside the top 5 of the ATP World Tour. Other career highlights include winning a title in Brisbane this year, reaching the 2014 U.S. Open finals, as well as the reaching the finals in Madrid (2014), Miami (2016), Canada (2016) and Monte Carlo (2018).
The 2018 Hawaii Open delivered an edge-of-your-seat finals match as Nishikori battled against Canadian standout Milos Raonic. Nishikori was able to outlast Raonic, defeating the Canadian, 76, 76.
“Hawaii holds a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be going back this year,” said Nishikori. “The fans are amazing, and I had a great time exploring the beautiful island. I look forward to defending my title.”
FUN FACTS: KEI NISHIKORI
Kei Nishikori was born on December 29, 1989, and began playing tennis at age 5.
Mother, Eri, is a piano teacher. father, Kiyoshi, is an engineer. Sister is 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.
Coached by Michael Chang.