Feb 17, 2008

Kei Nishikori: The new prince of tennis

No, this post is not about the anime series, The Prince of Tennis (テニスの王子様 Tennis no Ōjisama).

I am talking about rising tennis sensation from the land of rising sun who made it into the final at Delray Beach. The Japanese teenager Kei Nishikori is only 18 years old. He has just reached his first ATP final by beating third-seeded Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7) yesterday at the International Tennis Championships.

Kei Nishikori is the first Japanese man to reach a tour final since Shuzo Matsuoka lost to Wayne Ferreira at Queens Club in June 1992.

Currently, Nishikori who is ranked 224 on the ATP rankings said, "He (Matsuoka) is the only one (player from Japan) to reach the top 50." Nishikori is hoping to pass him.

Kei Nishikori has been training at the Nick Bollettieri Academy the past three years on a grant bestowed by Masaaki Morita, the CEO of Sony.

He will be facing James Blake in the final. It's going to be tough but in tennis, anything could happen.

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