Kei Nishikori Reveals Key to Success for Asian Tennis Players

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 | 0

World number six Kei Nishikori has urged Asian tennis players to build strength in the gym to cope up with other powerful players, if they are to make inroads on the ATP World Tour.

Japan’s Nishikori, who is presently the best-ranked player from the continent, insists that these guys not only need to build their physique, but also need to work on their mental toughness.

“First of all, you have to be really strong. Especially if you are Asian, you have to do a lot of training in the gym,” the 25-year-old was quoted as saying by Japan Today after his 7-5 6-3 7-5 win over Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov in the third round of the ongoing Wimbledon Championships.

“Physically you have to be strong. Otherwise, like me, I got a lot of injuries in the past playing against those big guys with a lot of power,” added Nishikori, who has sustained injuries to his knee, back, groin, calf, hip, and abdomen in his professional career spanning of over nine years.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym. Also mentally you have to be really strong, believe in yourself. It’s not easy for most Asian people, body wise. When you believe in yourself, I think you can be top 10, whoever you are.”

Meanwhile, Nishikori is scheduled to take on Croatia’s Marin Cilic for a place in the quarter-finals.



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