Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori has advised tennis kids and fans to never quit whatever they are doing and trying to accomplish as the Japanese insists their chance will come. Nishikori, a 12-time ATP champion, is already greatest Japanese tennis player ever and also one of the most popular Asian athletes in the world right now.
But Nishikori's path to success wasn't easy as at 14 he left his native country and moved to Florida so he could train at Nick Bollettieri academy. The Japanese struggled with the new language and overall it wasn't easy but he refused to quit and ended up making a good career for himself.
"I believe after you overcome hardships, a chance will come around for you. When you have a hard time, try to let your feelings out or have downtime alone," Nishikori said.
Meanwhile, Nishikori himself has had a bit of rough time in recent months as he underwent an elbow surgery in October.
From .@keinishikori to tennis kids & fans
"I believe after you overcome hardships, a chance will come around for you.
Nishikori, now ranked at No. 31 in the world, hoped to be ready for the beginning of this season but that wasn't the case. Just as 2014 US Open runner-up Nishikori was preparing to kick off his 2020 season, the Tour was suspended over the coronavirus concerns.