Kei Nishikori Discusses Hiring Michael Chang As His New Coach
by Tom Gainey | December 31st, 2013, 10:26 am

Earlier this week in Brisbane Kei Nishkori addressed the media speaking about what the process was in hiring former World No. 2 and American great Michael Chang.

“We played exhibition two years ago in Japan,” Nishikori said. “That’s first meeting of us. That time I didn’t think he is going to coach me, but end of this year I was start thinking to finding someone advise me more about something I need to get top 10. That was my goal this year and I couldn’t do it.

“I finally find time. I was practicing with him in California two weeks in December. Yeah, it’s been great. He’s so detail and he tells me a lot of things that I feel improving a lot. Yeah, I think it’s good matchup.”

Chang, now 41, made his big splash in 1989 when he won the French Open as a 17-year-old, and was before Nishikori was even born!

“I haven’t seen his play live,” Nishikori admitted. “Like I seen his play, but not on live. So I would see more like Roger and Andre and Pete. But, yeah, he’s not the tall guy; same as me. I mean, he’s American but he’s half Asian. do think we can know more stuff. Yeah, I think we doing great.”

Nishikori finished 2013 ranked No. 17 after standing on the cusp of the Top 10 at No. 11 in July. Nishikori, who’s battled a assortment of injuries already in his career, had some nice wins at the end of 2013 earning wins over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov, Jurgen Melzer and Julien Benneteau. And after a restful off season the newly-turned 24-year-old says he’s feeling in good health.

“I had a month, almost a month off, three weeks off in Japan, and I was in Hawaii for a little bit,” he said. “I practice with Michael two weeks, and I had almost a month good practice and good preparation for this week.”

In his season debut, the second-seeded Nishikori faces Matt Ebden today in Brisbane.

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4 Comments for Kei Nishikori Discusses Hiring Michael Chang As His New Coach

Humble Rafa Says:

So, basically, he hired Chang because he is Asian. I thought the Short One went to a monastery or something.

James Says:

I enjoy watching this guy play. A bit too injury prone to be in top 5 but if injury free, he should target a place in top 5.
I know he prefers the hard courts but I think he’s good on clay too as he can move very fast.

Good luck for 2014, Kei and Chang!

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

I hope this works out for Kei he is my favorite player of the new generation,i like Dimitrov,Tomic,Raonic etc,but i think Kei is the one with the most self discipline,he seems very wise and more mature than the other young pretenders.

kristo Says:

michael chang is a very good and patient coach. He was so much tennis knowledge to share.

well done hiring michael

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