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Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

(Born December 07, 1989)

Kei Nishikori is a Japanese professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 20 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is the only male Japanese tennis player ever to be ranked inside the top 5 in singles, and first reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 4 in March 2015. He has won 11 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. He also reached the semifinals at the US Open in 2016. He also became the first man from Asia to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals and reached the semifinals in 2014 and 2016. Nishikori was born in Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. His father, Kiyoshi, is an engineer, and his mother, Eri, is a piano teacher. He has an older sister, Reina, who graduated from college and works in Tokyo. He began playing tennis at the age of five. He first won the All Japan Tennis Championships for Kids in 2001, and graduated from Aomori-Yamada High School. Nishikori moved to Bradenton, Florida to join the IMG Academy in 2004 at 14 years of age. His pastimes include football, golf, reading, and listening to music. Nishikori was previously coached by Brad Gilbert and Dante Bottini, but has been coached by former world No. 2 Michael Chang since January 2014.

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