However the Japanese tennis star is not playing at the Sony Ericsson Open due to an elbow injury.
According to nikkansports.com, Kei saw an elbow specialist in New York after losing in Indian Wells. At the doctor's recommendation, he decided to take at least weeks off to focus on rest and rehabilitation.Now bad news aside, Kei's appearance in Miami could mean something good.
He is one of the five candidates for the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award alongside Jeremy Chardy, Marcel Granollers, Philipp Petzschner and Eduardo Schwank.
The winner will be announced today. Kei has a good chance of grabbing this award!
Updates: As predicted, Kei has won the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award. Congrats!
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