Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from the Paris Masters. Nishikori, 31, has played in Paris seven times throughout his career. Nishikori debuted at the Paris event in 2011, when he suffered a first round loss.
Nishikori earned his best Paris result in 2014, when he made the semifinal. Nishikori hasn't played at Bercy since making the quarterfinal at the tournament in 2018. Following the withdrawal of Nishikori, a place in the Paris main draw opened for James Duckworth.
Nishikori praised by Rafael Nadal
"Kei is obviously a top player having been playing for a long time on the Tour. Unfortunately he has been hindered by repeated injuries. Without these injuries he can be definitely one of top five players and make semis at Slams regularly," Nadal recently told Number Web.
"Injury proneness kind of depends on luck, I think it applies to Kei. He is really professional, I'm sure he is working on everything to prevent injuries." Nishikori has had a few tough seasons injury-wise ut Nadal is confident the Japanese can return to his best tennis.
"Playing on the Tour is more demanding for players' body than you think. You have to tactically withdraw from some events at times to deal with physical burden. Given his potential, I'm sure he will be able to be back to the top level, no doubt," Nadal acknowledged.
"Believing in himself, working on training and dealing with burden imposed on his body as I said, he can definitely improve again." Nishikori last played at the Indian Wells Masters, where he lost in the second round.
"I was not able to have as great feeling as that in the US Open or the Olympics this week, I'm a bit worried, but I could hardly practice, so... I played quite well from the Olympics to the US Open. I will try to get back that great feeling as soon as possible to be ready for the European indoor season," Nishikori said after the loss Nishikori was planning to play Vienna and Paris after Indian Wells but he ended up withdrawing from both events.