Kei Nishikori: I used to hit the ball against the walls of neighboring house

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Kei Nishikori: I used to hit the ball against the  walls of neighboring house

Kei Nishikori revealed as a kid he used to hit the ball against the wall of his neighboring house sneakily, hoping his neighbors would not come back home earlier. "When I was a kid I always hit balls against the wall after school, but the wall of my house was a bit low, so I hit against the wall of the neighboring house sneakily hoping neighbors would not come back home earlier!" Nishikori said during his appearance at a Wilson Tennis Japan event.

Nishikori, who made the quarterfinal at the Tokyo Olympics, was disappointed fans were not allowed in the stands.

"Usually I'm not bothered to play without spectators, I can stay focused even behind closed door, but only for the Olympics, I wish we could have had the crowd," Nishikori said.

Nishikori had another injury-plagued season

Nishikori last played at the Indian Wells Masters, where he lost in the second round.

Nishikori sustained a back injury and it forced him out of San Diego, Vienna, the Paris Masters and Stockholm. "Unfortunately, I have to pull out.of Stockholm next week. I back some weeks ago before San Diego and it has continued to bother me.

It's been a long year, coming back from an injury and I look forward to the offseason. Also, I look forward to having a strong preseason training to.mKe 2022 a great year. Thanks you for all the support," Nishikori announced last month.

Recently. Rafael Nadal said Nishikori would be of the best players if he was able to stay healthy. "Kei is obviously a top player having been playing for a long time on the Tour. Unfortunately he has been hindered by repeated injuries.

Without these injuries he can be definitely one of top five players and make semis at Slams regularly," Nadal told Number Web. "Injury proneness kind of depends on luck, I think it applies to Kei. He is really professional, I'm sure he is working on everything to prevent injuries."