Kei Nishikori delays his comeback, pulls out of Delray Beach



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Kei Nishikori delays his comeback, pulls out of Delray Beach

Japan's Kei Nishikori, 30, has delayed his comeback as he has withdrawn from the Delray Beach Open. The Japanese underwent an elbow surgery in October and he has yet to kick off his 2020 campaign. The 30-year-old underlined on several occasions that he won't rush his comeback even if that means skipping the Australian Open -- which he ultimately did.

Nishikori, ranked at No. 26 in the world, has made five appearances in Delray Beach throughout his career. Delray Beach has a special place in the heart of Nishikori as the Japanese won his maiden title at the American ATP 250 event in 2008.

Back then, Nishikori defeated home favorite James Blake to win it all in his Delray Beach debut. The Japanese also enjoyed a deep run at the Delray Beach Open in 2011, when he made the semifinal. Meanwhile, a place in the Delray Beach main draw has opened for James Duckworth following the withdrawal of Nishikori.

Duckworth, ranked at No. 96 in the world, has no previous appearances in Delray Beach. The Delray Beach Open will take place between February 17-23.