Birth date 29 Dec 1989 (28 years)
Nationality United States United States

Kei Nishikori is Japanese professional tennis player who currently resides in Bradeton, Florida. Born on December 29, 1989 in Shimane, Japan, Nishikori began playing tennis at the age of 5. He and his family moved to the US to train at the Nick Bolletieri Academy in Florida when he was 14. He turned pro in 2007.

Prior to joining the pros Nishikori had won the Riad 21 title in 2004, which was held in Rabat, Morocco. He started 2006 by winning a wild card to the Kyoto Challenger in Japan. He also participated in and won the title at the ITF FUTURES event held in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was a quarterfinalist in singles at the 2006 Junior French Open and won the doubles title with partner Emiliano Massa. A year later he won the 2007 Luxilon Cup held at the 2007 Sony Ericson Open after beating US player Michael Mclune.

He qualified for his first main draw event on July 17, 2007 at the Countrywide Classic in LA when he was still 17. And although he lost to Wesley Moodie, be quickly became one of the players to look out for during the season. After Los Angeles, Nishikori qualified for the Indianapolis Tennis championships and became the youngest player to reach the QF in the tournament since Boris Becker did so back in 1985. He qualified for an ATP event in Beijing but unfortunately, lost the first round. He again lost in the first round in Tokyo. A minor consolation was his opportunity to represent his country at the Asian Hopman Cup 2007 which was held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Nishikori would make his first Grand Slam appearance a year later at the 2008 Wimbledon, a match which unfortunately ended in a forfeiture. He was also able to play in the recently concluded Beijing Olympics but only reached the first round before he was defeated by Rainer Schuttler of Germany.

He made his US Open debut in the same year. He reached the third round after beating Roko Karanusic and in August 30 made history by becoming the first Japanese player to reach round 16 in 71 years after his victory over David Ferrer.

In 2009, Nishikori was plagued with injuries, and spent the next few years recovering from the impact. By 2012, however, he was able to reach his first Major quarterfinal round, and won his second ATP title. His breakthrough year was in 2014, and was able to reach his career high performance a year later.

Nishikori currently has 11 career titles to his name, and has a career record of 335-158. He highest rank he achived was at No. 4, which he reached on March 2015. As of April 2018, however, he is ranked at No. 36. So far, Nishikori has not won a Grand Slam tournament in singles or doubles. Despite this, his performance at the Grand Slam tournaments has been good, even reaching the final round of the US Open.

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