Kei Nishikori, the famous Japanese tennis player, has spoken publicly about the physical difficulties that have prevented him from competing in recent months. In a moment of reflecting on his career and future in tennis, Nishikori shared a realistic take on his expectations.
“I’m realistic and I think I can play at the highest level for another five or six years.”said Nishikori. However, given the physical challenges involved in the sport, the 33-year-old athlete expressed some doubts about continuing to the age of 40. Still, he doesn’t completely rule out the possibility: “I don’t know if my body can handle up to 40, but that’s possible too.”
With that in mind, Nishikori sees about five years of his career ahead of him. He is highly motivated for rehabilitation and is doing everything he can to get back in shape.
In October, when he was ready to return to the field, a mishap happened to him: “Last month when I was ready to come back I sprained my ankle and it wasn’t just a simple strain. It caused some neuralgia.”he revealed.
Despite the difficulties, Nishikori has made progress in her recovery. “I was able to move freely and without pain for a month”she said noting how hard she is working to get fit again. “Now I’m training with my serve, but I still need some time to have the stamina to play two, three sets.”
Nishikori’s words reflect the athlete’s determination to overcome physical challenges in order to continue competing at the highest level.