THE NEXT GLOBAL TENNIS SENSATION
Kei began playing tennis at the age of 5, and quickly realized he had a natural talent for the sport. Seeing his potential unfold, Kei and his family prepared for his tennis career by sending Kei to Florida to train full-time at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in 2004 at the age of 14. Since then, Kei has gone on to compete with the worlds' best junior and professional players, quickly establishing himself as the next great international tennis star. Not since the days of Michael Chang and Shuzo Matsuoka has an Asian tennis player made an impact on theprofessional tour.
At 16, Kei was ranked in the top 20 on the ITF Juniors circuit and only a year later, was ranked in the top 300 in the ATP tour, proving he was a force to be reckoned with. During the 2008 US Open in New York, Kei again showcased his unlimited potential as he made it to the round of 16 which included a win over world's #4 David Ferrer.
Kei became the youngest player to defeat a Top 4 seed in New York since 17-year-old Bjorn Borg defeated No. 3 seed Arthur Ashe in the 1973 3rd round. He also became the first Japanese player to reach the last 16 since 1937. Kei is currently the youngest player ranked in the top 100, and his goals for the (near) future include become the highest ranked Japanese tennis player ever and achieve his goal of becoming the #1 ranked tennis player in the world. He further wants to lift the game of tennis in Japan by increasing the number of children that play tennis, and become the most successful Asian athlete ever. At the 2008 Delray International Tennis Championship, Kei had an insurmountable win overfavored James Blake, helping him climb to #122 in the world. He is the youngest player to date to win an ATP title since 1998, and the first Japanese man to win an ATP title in 16-years.
Given Kei's recent success, he has been hailed as Japan's next tennis superstar. Legend Shuzo Matsuoka raves, "A new star is born. His talent is beyond mine." With his unbelievable on-court speed, monster ground strokes and punishing serves, Kei is on his way to carving a record-breaking path in the tennis world.
Residence: Bradenton, Florida. United States Training base:
Coaching: Dante Bottini
Trainer: Hiroto Kon (Weider)
Manager: Olivier van Lindonk
:: Kei Nishikori Equipment
Racquet: Wilson BLX Tour Racquets
Shoes: adidas Barricade 6.0 Black, adidas Barricade 6.0 London, adidas Barricade 6.0 White/Black
Tennis clothes: UNIQLO
Strings: Wilson Natural Gut 16 String, Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Fluoro 17 String