Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

Olympics Mar 25, 2020

Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Some of Japan’s top athletes have expressed mixed feelings following Tuesday’s announcement that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee had agreed to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for “about a year” amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Veteran female sport climber Akiyo ...

Recovering Kei Nishikori to miss Australian Open

Tennis Dec 30, 2019

Recovering Kei Nishikori to miss Australian Open

Kei Nishikori said Sunday he will miss next year's Australian Open as he is "still not 100 percent" ready to compete with the world's best following the right elbow surgery he underwent in October. Nishikori, who last played on Aug. 31 in the U.S. Open ...

Kei Nishikori appoints Max Mirnyi to coaching team

Tennis Nov 30, 2019

Kei Nishikori appoints Max Mirnyi to coaching team

Former world doubles No. 1 Max Mirnyi has joined Kei Nishikori's coaching staff, the tennis star told Kyodo News on Saturday. The 29-year-old Nishikori, ranked 13th in the world, had been coached by Dante Bottini from 2011 until this year. Mirnyi is a 42-year-old from ...

Kei Nishikori has season-ending surgery on elbow

Tennis Oct 23, 2019

Kei Nishikori has season-ending surgery on elbow

Kei Nishikori had surgery on his right elbow at a hospital in Japan on Tuesday evening, his management company said. The 29-year-old Japanese tennis star is due to begin rehab on Thursday, return to full training in early December, and make his comeback next season, ...

Kei Nishikori parts ways with longtime coach Dante Bottini

Tennis Oct 15, 2019

Kei Nishikori parts ways with longtime coach Dante Bottini

Kei Nishikori announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will part with longtime coach Dante Bottini, who has guided him since 2011. "After nine years of working together literally day in and day out, I have decided it is time for a new voice," wrote Nishikori, ...

Kei Nishikori knocked out of U.S. Open in third round

Tennis Aug 31, 2019

Kei Nishikori knocked out of U.S. Open in third round

Kei Nishikori crashed out of the U.S. Open on Friday, losing his third-round match against Australia's Alex de Minaur. The seventh-seeded Nishikori, still searching for his maiden Grand Slam title, suffered a 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 defeat to world No. 38 de Minaur in the ...

Kei Nishikori motors into second round at U.S. Open

Tennis Aug 27, 2019

Kei Nishikori motors into second round at U.S. Open

Kei Nishikori advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open on Monday after Marco Trungelliti retired with an injury in the second set of their match. The seventh-seeded Nishikori had a trouble-free start to his campaign for a first Grand Slam title as he ...