Two-time champion Kei Nishikori does not want to miss his appointment with the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
The Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori, twice champion of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, is about to reappear in Delray Beach, in about 10 days, after a long recovery period that has lasted for more than five months. Nishikori has confirmed his desire to compete again at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, a tournament he has won twice, in 2014 and 2015 and which he attends every season since 2011 with a single exception, 2017.
As a result of the long rehabilitation process after the surgical intervention he suffered last October on the right elbow (the Japanese superstar played his last match in September, in the third round of the last US Open, against Alex de Miñaur), Nishikori has yet to debut in 2020 and has missed, among others, the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open.
Meanwhile, the two-time of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell has taken the time to restructure his technical team with a major decision: ending his relationships with Argentine coach Dante Bottini, and replaced by former Belarusian player Max Mirnyi, former number 1 in doubles of the ATP.
"With my team we had to make the decision not to play in the Australian Open," he explained recently in a press release. "I am not 100% prepared to compete at the highest level. We will continue working to return as soon as possible”.
At 30, Nishikori, which has 12 ATP titles and has played one US Open, remains a huge figure followed by millions of fans around the world. Last year he won in Brisbane, was a semifinalist at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, defeated by Daniil Medvedev, and played the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, where he had to retire against Novak Djokovic, of Roland Garros, where he fell to the hands Rafa Nadal, and Wimbledon, where Roger Federer eliminated him.
Currently in the 26th position of the ATP ranking, Nishikori has participated eight times in the Real Club Tennis Barcelona-1899 tournament, where his prestige remains similar to the fervour he awakens before the Barcelona fans. In addition to his two victories in Barcelona he was a finalist in 2016, beaten by Nadal. He has played 28 matches in the tournament with a win/loss record of 22-6.
Together with Nishikori those who wlll participate in this 68th edition of the legendary Catalan clay tournament include no less than Nadal, Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roberto Bautista.