Kei Nishikori: I'm inspired by fellow Uniqlo ambassador Roger Federer



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Kei Nishikori: I'm inspired by fellow Uniqlo ambassador Roger Federer

Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori reveals he is inspired by fellow Uniqlo ambassador Roger Federer as he is hoping to make a successful comeback and compete for the Grand Slams again. Nishikori, now ranked just outside the top-80 in the world, hasn't played any events in 2022 as he is recovering from a hip surgery.

After realizing that his hip wasn't progressing well, Nishikori decided to undergo a hip surgery in January. "Now my ranking has dropped due to injury, wanna get back to the top level & reach the final at majors again.

Feel like I'm not suited to coaching, it's difficult for me to communicate & teach things in words, need improvements in terms for that," Nishikori told Uniqlo Japan.

Nishikori: I'm inspired by fellow Uniqlo ambassador Federer

Nishikori, who will be turning 33 in December, has been one of the best Asian athletes for over the past decade.

As Nishikori is slowly entering the final stage of his career, he wants to further leave his mark and inspire Asian kids to pick up a racket and play the game. "Now I rather want to show my play to inspire children, like I'm inspired by other Uniqlo athletes, Federer and Kunieda.

Have a dream to coach young players one day, but at the moment I want to focus on my career, can't imagine myself multitasking," Nishikori added.

Nishikori is hoping to be able to play this summer as he has expressed desire to compete at the US Open. "Had some training with young players when I stayed in Japan due to injury and was motivated by them, so when I come back I'll try to show my tennis to prove even a Japanese player can make it," Nishikori revealed.

Nishikori has been injury-prone throughout his career but the last few years have been extremely challenging for the Japanese.