Kei Nishikori is once again dealing with an injury. The Japanese player last competed at the US Open losing to Alex De Minaur in the third round. Then he went back to the United States in attempt to get to his best physically again, but through his App, Kei announced he will have to take a one-month break from the competition.
"I have some good news and some bad news. These past days I sat down with my medical team to continue monitoring my arm/elbow. This has been bothering me since the French Open off and on as many of you know. The good news is that there is great progress, it's healing, and I am finally close to being pain free.
Structurally my arm and elbow look good. The bad news is that we are not 100% there yet. There is still swelling and fluid in the arm/elbow and the doctors feel it's in my best interest to take 3-4 more weeks off without tennis.
It is crucial that I follow this advice to ensure there is no more discomfort in my elbow/arm and the fluid and swelling is completely gone. Repetitively hitting tennis balls for 3 to 4 hours per day just won't allow the arm to completely heal.
I am so sad to say that I will not be able to play the Japan Open, Shanghai Masters and Uniqlo exhibition. The Asian swing is obviously one of my favorite times of the year and I will work hard to come back stronger. Thanks for your support and I will keep you posted."
Nishikori may not be the only top player to skip the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo, as Novak Djokovic is dealing with a shoulder injury too. Nishikori was set to play with Roger Federer in a charity event on Monday October 14, just one day after the Rolex Shanghai Masters final. We will see if Kei will be replaced by another Japanese player or if the event will be cancelled.