‘Tired’ Kei Nishikori Skips Opening Day’s Play at Davis Cup

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 | 0

Fresh from his US Open run, Japan’s Kei Nishikori has decided to skip the opening day’s action of Davis Cup World Group play-offs against Ukraine that got underway in Osaka on Friday.

Nishikori, who reached the semi-finals of the season-ending Grand Slam before losing to eventual champion Stanislas Wawrinka last week, was originally scheduled to headline the proceedings on Day 1.

But, the 26-year-old settled on taking some rest instead of aggravating his weariness. “Obviously I’m not 100 per cent after the US Open,” the World No. 5 was quoted as saying by SuperSport.com.

He continued: “I had a long discussion with the team, the doctors and the physicians and decided not to play on Friday. It’s been a really long summers. It’s just tiredness.”

Nishikori’s withdrawal implies that Yoshihito Nishioka and Taro Daniel will represent the home team in the opening singles rubbers. He, however, is expected to join forces with compatriot Yuichi Sugita for the Saturday’s doubles rubber.

Besides, Nishikori is also highly probable to take the stage in the reverse singles on Sunday, if the need arises.

The winner of the match-up will advance to the elite Davis Cup World Group.


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