by: TennisMood 28

Kei Nishikori

“It’s not easy to play the big guys, especially since I’m one of the smallest guys on tour…I have something that they don’t have. I am improving a lot of my weaknesses!”

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Kei Nishikori

Personal Facts


  • Began playing at age 5, in 2001 won the All Japan Tennis Championships for Kids.
  • Nicknamed "Special Kei"
  • The son of father, Kiyoshi, an engineer and mother, Eri, a piano teacher. Has elder sister, Reina.
  • At age 14 (2004), moved to Florida (US) to join the IMG Bollettieri Academy (didn’t know English).
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  • Enjoys playing football and golf.
  • Listens to variety of music and fond of reading.
  • Considers hard court and clay as favorite surface and his forehand as strengths.
  • Has his own phone App – “keisapp”.
  • Kei Nishikori is the only Japanese male tennis player in ATP Singles Ranking ever to be inside the top 10.
  • First Asian male player to reach Grand Slam final.
  • Has unusual style hitting the ball right at its peak that makes his groundstrokes accurate, powerful and unpredictable.
  • In March 2015, reached his career-peak as No. 4. in the World.

Kei Nishikori's Activism

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  • Named 2008 ATP Newcomer of the Year by his fellow players.
  • Played his coach Michael Chang in Tokyo in 2011 raising money earthquake relief.
  • Featured in 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list.

Personal Team & Coaching

  • For the 2011 season Kei was coached by Dante Bottini from the IMG Academy and
    Brad Gilbert , who coached Andy Murray and former world No. 1 Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick.
  • Works with Michael Chang, former world No. 2, since 2014. Under his coaching gained the habit to take balls earlier without compromising consistency that allows him to control points fluently.
  • Still trains at the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Florida.

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