• Kyodo News


Kei Nishikori, who aggravated an arm injury at the Heineken Open on Monday, should be fit to compete in the upcoming Australian Open, his management company said.

“It is not a serious injury and if he undergoes a few days of treatment he should be ready for the Australian Open,” his management said Monday.

“After a lot of intense training in the off-season, this is a typical sort of injury to get early in the season and should be better in four or five days.”

The Australian Open gets under way in Melbourne next Monday.

Nishikori handed former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain an easy passage into the second round of the Heineken Open after he was forced to withdraw in the first set with an injury to his right arm.

World No. 59 Nishikori, who hurt the same arm during a straight-sets defeat to Paul-Henri Mathieu of France in the quarterfinals of last week’s Brisbane International, looked good in the first set but had to retire at 5-3 down.

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