Nishikori back?

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Kei Nishikori (33), who has not reappeared on a competitive court since October 2021, could finally make his comeback. Videos on Twitter posted by the young American player show the Japanese in training against Toby Kodat.

While the Monte-Carlo tournament has just lowered its curtain on Andrey Rublev’s victory, a former finalist of the event (in 2018) could make his comeback soon. While Juan Martin Del Potro, certainly following a bet, would seriously consider returning to service at the next US Open and Hyeon Chung, another major absentee from the circuit in recent years, has resumed doubles, the Last year, at home in Seoul, the next few weeks could mark the comeback of another forgotten tennis player: Kei Nishikori (33).

The Japanese has not stepped on the courts in competition since October 9, 2021. That day in the 2nd round of the Indian Wells Masters 1000, Nishikori, who had taken a set from Novak Djokovic a month earlier at the US Open in his previous tournament, lost in three sets to Dan Evans. We haven’t seen him since. For a time, however, there had been talk that the former world number 4 operated on a hip a few months after this last match in California to play the last Australian Open. A foot injury this time had forced Michael Chang’s protege to give up and further postpone his return.

In training against Kodat

The latter did not intervene more during the Delray Beach tournament, where the double semi-finalist at the US Open (in 2016 and 2018) nevertheless appeared on the entry list. And again, the most complete mystery hovered over the future of the man with the twelve titles on the circuit (including Washington and Barcelona twice) before this weekend and videos posted on Twitter by Toby Kodat. Publications likely to provide some answers to the question. We see the Japanese in training against the young American player of 20 years. The player who remained three months without being able to touch a racquet, and this coming out of a depression, moreover gives the impression of hitting the ball again as if moving normally. Something to suggest that we could very quickly see him back at work. Barring a new setback.

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