WATCH: Kei Nishikori emulates coach Michel Chang, serves underhand against Lucas Pouille

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | 0

Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori pulled off a Nick Kyrgios by serving underarm during an exhibition match against Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Playing at the Aspall Tennis Classic at the Hurlingham Club, Nishikori was up 6-5 (40-0) when he decided to opt for the unconventional method of serving.

It did catch Pouille by surprise as Nishikori closed out on the set in a fashion his coach Michael Chang would be proud of.

“Kei Kyrgiori,” one person joked on Twitter, while another one added: “Homage to Coach #Chang.”

Notably, Chang had served underarm against Ivan Lendl before going on to win the French Open title back in 1989.

Meanwhile, Nishikori, who has never made it beyond the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, will look to break the jinx this time around when the tournament begins on July 1.

He has been seeded No. 8 in the main draw.  

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