Kei Nishikori reveals his wish after hip surgery

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Kei Nishikori reveals his wish after hip surgery

Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori hopes he will be ready to play the US Open and he would also like to play at an ATP 500 event in Tokyo later this year. After losing in the Indian Wells Masters second round last October, Nishikori pulled out of the four tournaments he had on his schedule for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Nishikori was hoping to be ready for the start of the 2022 season but that wasn't the case and in January he underwent an arthroscopic hip surgery. Nishikori is expected to miss the whole clay season and there is a chance he might returns during the grass season.

"If all goes well, I might be able to play the US Open this year. Trying to be ready in time for Rakuten Japan Open if it is held this year. I don't think I have ten more years in my tennis career, so I want to live each day to the fullest," Nishikori said.

Nishikori suffered a major setback

Nishikori managed to stay healthy for the good part of the 2021 season but then suffered an injury late in the season.

After realizing his recovery wasn't progressing well, Nishikori made the decision to undergo a hip surgery. "Hi everyone, I wanted to give you an update. As most of you know, I have not been able to play since Indian Wells with my left hip injury.

After trying several different rehab options I have decided (together with my medical team) to have an arthroscopic hip surgery this week," Nishikori announced in January. "I will work as hard as I can and the goal is to be back in about six months.

Thank you all for your support and look forward to see you on the tour again soon, Best, Kei." It remains to be seen if Nishikori will be ready to return during the summer.