Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori aiming to compete at U.S. Open

Tennis Jun 16, 2020

Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori aiming to compete at U.S. Open

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka intends to compete at this year's U.S. Open, as does fellow countryman Kei Nishikori, who has been recovering from a right elbow injury, their management company said Tuesday. The pro tennis tour has been put on hold since March ...

Keisuke Honda launches digital media venture featuring high-profile athletes

Soccer Apr 29, 2020

Keisuke Honda launches digital media venture featuring high-profile athletes

Former Japan international Keisuke Honda is set to launch a new digital media venture involving several of the country's high-profile athletes. Voice recordings from the athletes will be distributed by smartphone as part of a monthly subscription service called NowVoice, which launches Wednesday. The venture is ...

Injured Kei Nishikori returns to court at virtual Madrid Open

Tennis Apr 28, 2020

Injured Kei Nishikori returns to court at virtual Madrid Open

Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori returned to action Monday while still on the road to recovery from elbow surgery, joining a group of fellow top tennis professionals in contesting the Madrid Open Virtual Pro, a video game version of the clay-court tournament. With the pro ...

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, ...