Kei Nishikori: 'I am getting closer to retirement'

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Kei Nishikori: 'I am getting closer to retirement'

Kei Nishikori spoke about the condition of his elbow. The Japanese player said: "It's going well. I started hitting with light balls. I do not have my racket in hand yet, I started with a lighter racket. I will be back Somewhere in January or February."

On adding Max Mirnyi his new coach, Nishikori added: "Since I went to the IMG Academy at 13 years of age, he has worked in the same place. He is really good (during) training and a very smart player." Then Nishikori reflected on his career overall: "I am getting closer to retirement, so I start thinking a lot, but I do not feel that my body is dropping down."

On the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, Nishikori said: "I am happy to play in Japan and I really want to get good results. I think Naomi will do the rest." Nishikori stopped working with Dante Bottini in October 2019.

The Argentinian coach has since joined Chilean Nicolas Jarry's team. Nishikori finished the year ranked 13th in the world. He compiled a 29-14 win-to-loss record in the 2019 season, winning one title in Brisbane, in January.

It was the 29-year-old's 12th career title. Nishikori wrapped up his season after the US Open. He reached the third round at Flushing Meadows, losing to Australian Alex de Minaur. His best result in New York came in 2014, when he reached the final (lost to Marin Cilic).