Alexander Zverev to debut at ATP 500 indoor-hard tournament in October



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Alexander Zverev to debut at ATP 500 indoor-hard tournament in October

Alexander Zverev, Casper Ruud and Kei Nishikori have all been confirmed for the Rakuten Open in Tokyo.

Zverev, 25, will be making his debut on the indoor-hard courts of Tokyo this year. Ruud, who reached his maiden Grand Slam final at this past French Open, is also set to participate at the Rakuten Open for the first time.

On the other side, 32-year-old Nishikori is a very familiar face in Tokyo. Nishikori, who debuted at the Rakuten Open in 2007, is set to make his 11th appearance in Tokyo. Nishikori has had success in Tokyo throughout his career, having reached three finals there.

Nishikori captured Tokyo titles in 2012 and 2014, while he ended runner-up at the tournament in 2018.

Zverev, Nishikori recovering from injuries

Zverev has been out since tearing several ankle ligaments at the French Open.

On the other side, Nishikori has yet to play in 2022 after undergoing a hip surgery in January. However, the positive news is that both players are targeting to return to action next month. Zverev is making a good progress from his ankle surgery and he hasn't closed the doors on the possibility of playing at the US Open, which kicks off on August 29.

On the other side, Nishikori is targeting to make his comeback the week before the US Open at the Winston-Salem Open. Zverev may be out for the entire North American hard court swing but still it's positive to hear that he is progressing well in his recovery.

"The days are very long,” Zverev said. “You start very early and finish in the evening. We do a lot of exercises, there are always new ones that are added permanently. The foot is treated, mobility is worked out, strength and stability are rebuilt.

In some cases, normal walking and running are re-learned. I do sprint exercises in the water, training sessions on the treadmill and bicycle”. The Rakuten Open in Tokyo kicks off on October 3.