Former World No. 4 Kei Nishikori, of Japan, has confirmed that he will play the 2020 Generali Open, which begins next week in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Nishikori made the announcement on his personal app and this will mark his first competitive event since the 2019 US Open Grand Slam.
The Japanese player decided to undergo surgery on his right elbow after the US Open last year. and was scheduled to return in March this year, but the tour was interrupted just before that due to the global pandemic. He had also tested positive for the coronavirus recently which forced him to miss the ongoing US Open in New York but has since said he has recovered completely from the illness,
Kei Nishikori confirms he will play ATP event in Kitzbuhel next week
The Japanese player also posted an update on his Twitter account, indicating that he was leaving Florida to compete in the tournament.
As per the ATP Tour website, three Top 10 players - defending champion Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini - are on the entry list for the 2020 Generali Open, with 10 of the world's Top 20 and 17 of the world's Top 31 players entered in the draw - which is a very impressive field for an ATP 250 event.
See you later Florida👍 — Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori) September 3, 2020
Fabio Fognini, Roberto Bautista Agut, Diego Schwartzman, Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov, Cristian Garin and Felix Auger-Aliassime among the other players who are on the entry list for the tournament. As per the ATP rules, players who are also competing at the US Open should have competed and lost at the US Open, in singles or doubles, by the start of the qualifying competition or by 7 September, whichever is earlier in order to be eligible to play the tournament.
The Kitzbuhel event begins on September 8th and will be one of the warm-up events for the French Open in late September. 30 year old Nishikori is the only male Japanese tennis player in history to be ranked inside the top 5 in singles.
He has won 12 ATP singles titles and was runner-up at the 2014 US Open,, making him the first male player representing an Asian country to reach a Grand Slam singles final. Kei Nishikori also defeated Rafael Nadal to win the bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio, bringing Japan its first Olympic tennis medal in 96 years. He is currently ranked No. 34 in the world.