Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori has told the young players that tennis is "really fun to play" but acknowledged that they have to work hard if the want to success in the game. Nishikori, who turned professional in 2007, has been one of the best players on the Tour over the last decade.
Nishikori, 31, has won 12 ATP titles throughout his career and he made the final at the US Open in 2014. "You have to have good commitment, have to know it's not gonna be easy, gotta work hard. Tennis is really fun to play, you get lots of excitement on the court.
If you become good you can play with tens of thousands of people, there are many fun things waiting," Nishikori said, as revealed by Seiadoumogera/Twitter.
Nishikori set to return to action
Nishikori is set to kick off his clay season at the Barcelona Open this week as he aims to lift his third title at the tournament.
Nishikori last played at the Miami Masters, where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 3-6 6-1. "I tried to play sticking on baseline and I was able to play that way in the 2nd set, but it was physically tough and I had no room anymore, couldn't focus at the beginning of the 3rd set.
Sometimes I also rushed in long rallies, couldn't play with enough perseverance," Nishikori said after losing to Tsitsipas. "I kind of pushed myself to the limit to take the 2nd set, that costed me in the 3rd set, mentally I couldn't keep battling against him.
It was physically tough too, I rushed to finish points too earlier." Despite the loss, Nishikori left Miami in good spirits as he said: "I was able to hit through in rallies & play the way I wanted, that'll lead to the next step.
I still remain good feelings on my play, but I couldn't keep it through the match, that's what to work on. I need a bit more that calmness & everything especially against top players."