Even though we are each our person, we all are united by the same dream. The dream to be the top. With such vision and ambition, Kei Nishikori started his journey as a tennis player. And now he is in the top 16 of the Grand Slam, Wimbledon.
Kei Nishikori is the top Tennis player from Japan known for his offensive and defensive playstyle. Pride of both Japan and Asia, Kei reached his career-high No. 4 on March 2, 2015.
Let’s know more about Kei Nishikori, who has been killing it on the court of Wimbledon right now.
Kei Nishikori: Quick Facts
|Full Name:||Kei Nishikori|
|Birth Date:||December 29, 1989|
|Birth Place:||Matsue, Shimane, Japan|
|Profession:||Professional Tennis Player|
|Height:||5 feet 10 inches (178 cm)|
|Weight:||161 lbs (73 kgs)|
|Net Worth:||$24 million|
Kei Nishikori to face Roger Federer in Wimbledon last-eight
The pride of Japan Kei Nishikori is this close to achieving his dream. The Japanese seventh rank Kei Nishikori defeated Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakistan 6-3, 3-6,6-3,6-4 to secure his spot in the quarter-final for the second successive year.
However, to be the best, you need to beat the rest. Kei has a massive task on his hand as he is set to play former No.1 and currently No. 2, Roger Federer. Fan favorite and the contender played against Thiago Monteiro, Cameron Norrie, Steve Johnson, and Mikhail Kukushkin to reach the quarter-final. The next match will be held on July 10 Wednesday.
Early Life and Childhood
Kei Nishikori was born on December 29, 1989, in Matsue, Shimane, Japan. He is the son of mother Eri, a piano teacher, and father, Kiyoshi, who is an engineer. Besides, he has a sister named Reina.
Kei belongs to Japanese nationality. The Japanese player started playing at the age of 5 and has achieved the feat because of his undying hard work and dedication to hone his skill. Similarly, Kei moved from Shimane, Japan, to the USA at the tender age of 14. Without having any English speaking skills, Kei joined IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA.
Age and Measurements
The seventh seed player is turning 30 this year, but as of today, Kei is 29 years old. The Japanese player also stands at the height of 5 feet 11 inches(178cm) and weighs around 161 lbs(73 kgs). Being a professional player, Kei takes exceptional care of his diet and exercise.
Furthermore, Kei has black eyes and short black hair. Since he spends most of his time on the court, Kei has a sun-kissed skin complexion.
Career: Junior Championships
In 2004, Nishikori won the title at the Riad 21 Tournament in Rabat, Morocco, and even was the quarter-finalist at the 2006 Junior French Open. By July 2006, Nishikori had already achieved a combined ranking of No.7 in the world.
In 2007, Kei reached the final of the USTA Pro Circuits event but lost to Donald Young in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nishikori even served as a hitting partner for Roger Federer at Wimbledon. Following the incident, Nishikori qualified for the Indianapolis Tennis Championships in July, only be defeated in the quarterfinal by Dmitry Tursunov in two sets.
Although he was defeated, Nishikori became the youngest player to reach the quarterfinals since Boris Becker in 1985. That same year Nishikori turned professional and represented Japan at the Asian Hopman Cup competition in Bangkok, Thailand.
Kei Nishikori: First ATP title and Career-high No. 4
The Japanese player won his first ATP title and moved over 200 ranks to enter the top 100. Nishikori made history by being the first Japanese in 16 years to win an ATP event. After that, Nishikori kept on making history and breaking records.
Similarly, on August 30, 2008, Kei became the first Japanese to reach the US Open quarter-final in 71 years. Nishikori was also the first Asian male player to receive the ATP Newcomer of the Year award.
The following year, Japan’s No. 1 player sustained a right elbow injury and underwent surgery, spending nearly 11 months on recovery. But the Japanese player made a comeback in 2010 and won Sarasota Open by defeating Brian Dabu in three sets.
In 2011, Kei had the best results in his career, finishing at No. 25. The next year, on October 7, Nishikori won the Rakuten Japan Open in its 41-year history, lifting his ranking from World No. 17 to No. 15.
From the year 2012 to 2018, Kei Nishikori has seen only a rise in his career. From defeating Andy Murray, David Ferrer but was also defeated by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Likewise, he defeated Rafael Nadal and won the Bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He reached his career-high singles ranking No. 4 in March 2015.
Kei Nishikori: Personal Life
As of 2019, Kei Nishikori is single and is focused on his career. Nonetheless, the player was linked with fashion model Ako Mizuki. Though the pair have yet to confirm it themselves, the two have known each other since 2015.
Because of his secretive nature and closed love life, many fans even accused the player of being gay. However, no concrete proof is found about his sexuality.
Net worth and Income
Japan’s top player has made a hefty amount and accumulated a large sum for his Tennis career. Kei is one of the highest-paid tennis players and the World’s best-paid athletes.
As of 2019, the seventh seed player has a net worth of $24 million. Kei has accumulated prize money of $1,532,421 from singles and $28,787 from doubles alone. Making the total sum of $23,234,595 cash prize alone.
Social Media Presence
Twitter– 1.01 million Followers
Instagram– 516k Followers