“It is a big year for me.
I will do my best to bring a medal home.”
Born in 1989,
Nishikori started playing tennis at the age of 5.
In 2001, he won the All-Japan Selected Junior Tennis Championship
and two other championships — becoming the fifth junior to do so.
Nishikori turned pro in October 2007,
embarking on a new career in tennis.
Nishikori is small for a pro tennis player; however,
he faces other top pros squarely, with strong shots and a unique form.
This can sometimes entail a physical burden, troubling him with injuries.