Kei Nishikori Bio


  • Began playing at age five
  • Mother, Eri, is a piano teacher; father, Kiyoshi, is an engineer
  • Has one older sister, Reina, who graduated from college and works in Tokyo
  • Moved from Shimane, Japan, to US at age 14, to train at the IMG Bollettieri Acadamey in Florida and didn't speak a word of English when he arrived..Came to academy as a member of Masaaki Morita Tennis Fund group, which consists of a select few Japanese players sponsored by Mr. Morita, CEO of Sony
  • A former roommate of Zachary Gilbert, son of ex-ATP Top 10 pro Brad Gilbert, who was coach in 2011
  • Captured Roland Garros junior doubles title in 2006 and ranked as high as No. 7 in singles that year
  • Favorite surfaces are hard and clay courts and considers best shot his forehand
  • Named 2008 ATP Newcomer of Year
  • Sponsored by Nissan and Wowow
  • In 11, played Chang in Tokyo to raise money for earthquake relief
  • Trains at academy under guidance of Nick Bollettieri
  • Fitness trainer is Hiroto Kon
Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2013.


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