Australian Open: Kei Nishikori withdraws from opening Grand Slam to continue recovery

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from the Australian Open as he continues his recovery from a wrist injury.

He had been hoping to make his return at the season-opening Brisbane International, where he was runner-up in 2017, but withdrew from that event 11 days ago.

Nishikori elected to skip surgery and it was apparent from comments made by Dante Bottini, one of his coaches, in October past year that a return in January would be optimistic. In his message Nishikori said, "I am very sorry to announce that I will miss the Aussie Open this year".

"My rehab is going well but I am just not 100% to come back yet in best of 5 set matches".

Based in Florida, Nishikori has seen the majority of his pro success come in the States, with both of his Grand Slam semifinal appearances coming at the US Open, making the final in 2014 and the semifinals in 2016. Nishikori, who has had great success at the Australian Open-reaching the quarter finals on three separate occasions-will be extremely disappointed that he can not contend for the 2018 Australian Open title.

Nishikori is the first big name to officially pull out of the 2018 Australian Open. However, he is not expected to be the last. The victor of 11 ATP Tour titles, he made the fourth round of the Australian Open previous year, losing in five sets to eventual champion Roger Federer. Asian number one Nishikori has not played competitively since last August after suffering a torn tendon in his right wrist during a practice session at Cincinnati. He is now World No. 22.

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