Japan's Kei Nishikori is optimistic that he will make a successful comeback when he returns to action in 2020. Nishikori, 29, underwent a season-ending elbow surgery at the end of October. Since then, the Japanese has said multiple times that he won't rush his comeback.
The 29-year-old aims to return to the Tour at the end of January or the beginning of February. "I am still coming back day-by-day, but working very hard and looking forward to a great 2020,” Nishikori said, per MidWeek.
“My first step is getting back healthy on tour." World No. 13 Nishikori is still scheduled to play at the Hawaii Open from December 26-28. The former world No. 4 won the exhibition event in Honolulu last year. "I have been told that my first racquet was given to me (by my parents) in Hawaii on a vacation," Nishikori revealed.
“I was too young to remember, but it obviously means something to me." It remains to be seen will the Japanese indeed play the Hawaii Open and try to defend his title.