Kei Nishikori

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NameKei Nishikori
Representsjpn Japan
Singles Titles11 (ATP), 6 (ATP Challenger)
Highest ATP Ranking4 (2015)
PlaysRight-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand
Profile data courtesy ATP/WTA

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 (

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).

Information from Kei Nishikori’s ATP player profile. 

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