ATP Sport Tennis

No 13. Kei Nishikori

Kei began the year well with a title win in Brisbane against Medvedev and a quarter-final run at the Australian Open where he had to retire against Djokovic. Struggled during the season with a right elbow injury which eventually led to surgery late in the year.

Kei is a topline player when fit and if he can get his body sorted out will be a contender for top 10 in 2020. Words for him are: Tenacious, measured, entertaining and return.

Tenacious: Put’s his head down when on the court and fights to the end. Evidenced by his habit of winning 5 set matches. However, on occasion is guilty of not closing out contests before eventually escaping in a 5th set decider.

Measured: Doesn’t play with much flare but has excellent rhythm and technique with his groundstrokes.

Entertaining: Because he is skilful on both sides, can hang with the power players. Often features in some of the best rallies on tour.

Return: Fantastic returner. One of the absolute best on tour.

Likes: Favourite shot he says is his forehand, but I prefer his other wing. His backhand line is money and possibly the best on tour.

Dislikes: That his body seems to let him down regularly, robbing us of seeing his best too often.

Areas for improvement: Might be worth doing some homework on fitness coaches. Find one that can help him avoid getting injured so much. Get on a conference call with Fed to Uniqlo regarding clothes. The lollipop outfits are terrible. Not a great volleyer, so you guessed it Federer volleys on YouTube.

Kei and the Fed should not have to sacrifice their dignity for Uniqlo

By fullontennis

ATP fan and recreational tennis warrior. I like to live a plant based life, keep fit, stay healthy and improve my tennis.

One reply on “No 13. Kei Nishikori”

LOL. Whoever came up with the Licorice All Sorts comparison to Uniqlo ensembles is brilliant. Aside from Steve Johnson’s Super Mario look, this one takes the cake. Seriously, does Uniqlo actually want to sell their tennis clothes?


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