Nishikori Undergoes Elbow Surgery
Japanese star to return in 2020
After cutting his season short due to injury, Kei Nishikori underwent surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday.
The World No. 8 has not competed since the US Open in August, when he fell to #NextGenATP Australian Alex de Minaur in the third round. Nishikori ends his season with a 29-14 tour-level record, highlighted by his run to the Brisbane International title in January.
The 12-time tour-level titlist’s triumph in Brisbane snapped a nine-match losing streak in ATP Tour finals. Nishikori did not drop a set en route to the championship match, before a three-set victory against Daniil Medvedev. The Japanese star also reached Grand Slam quarter-finals at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon this season.
Nishikori is scheduled to return to action at the inaugural ATP Cup in January. The 29-year-old will be joined in Perth by countryman Yoshihito Nishioka. Japan will compete in Group B alongside Spain and Georgia, with 24 countries aiming to take the title across 10 days of competition.