Kei Nishikori, Sebastian Korda confirmed for Delray Beach



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Kei Nishikori, Sebastian Korda confirmed for Delray Beach

Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori and rising American star Sebastian Korda have signed up to play Delray Beach, per Michal Samulski. Nishikori, 32, is set to make his sixth appearance in Delray Beach. Delray Beach is a special place for Nishikori as there he captured his maiden ATP title in 2008.

Nishikori also enjoyed a deep Delray Beach run in 2011, when he made the semifinal before losing to Jamko Tipsarevic. On the other side, Korda is set to make his second appearance in Delray Beach. Korda fell just short of winning it all in his Delray Beach debut in 2021 as he ended runner-up to Hubert Hurkacz.

Previously, Nick Kyrgios, Cameron Norrie, Frances Tiafoe and Reilly Opelka were confirmed for Delray Beach.

Nishikori admitted he sometimes gets depressed

Nishikori has had a couple of injury-plagued seasons and he admitted constantly dealing with injuries is never easy.

"I've never wanted to stop playing though I'm always feeling like it's tough, yeah I often feel it's tough, I'm not in the mood, I hate it... But I've been somehow escaping," Nishikori said.

"I usually get deeply depressed for a while, at the moment that I get injured or I'm told about surgery, but after that I somehow come back because I still have motivation and passion for playing tennis again."

Nishikori turned 32 this week and recently he shared advice to junior players. "Enjoy it, you'll realize how important it is to enjoy as you get older. You might want to quit at some point, but after getting though that you can be filled with happiness (of playing).

It would be nice to learn how to overcome tough times while you're young," Nishikori advised. "If I reach the top, no.1, I think that encourages them (younger players) to believe that they can also achieve (things like that), and promotes tennis. For that I'll try to show them myself trying hard."