It is true, it was in October 2007, at the Japan Open, when Kei Nishikori signed up as a professional tennis player. But the Japanese have been playing tennis since his childhood, he married the racket sport at the age of five.
If you count Kei Nishikori’s achievements in the game, it is only fair to declare him the master of Asian tennis. Kei Nishikori, who comes from the most populous and largest continent on earth, has excelled in his chosen profession.
Apart from being the first Asian man to reach the Grand Slam singles final, Nishikori is also celebrated as the first man from Asia to reach the final of the ATP World Tour. Given these remarkable performances, it is hardly surprising that Kei, the only male player from Japan, also ranks among the top 5 in the singles.
Kei Nishikori’s record series is nothing new; it goes back to a time when he was considered an amateur player. His records show that in 2001 he would be a force to be reckoned with in this sport. On the 5th, 7th, and 8th month of that year, Kei won the All-Japan Selected Junior Tennis Championship, the All-Japan Elementary School Tennis Championship, and the All-Japan Junior Tennis Championship respectively.
Two years later (2013), Kei began to set the course to storm the tennis world on a professional level. This was the year in which the Masaaki Morita Tennis Fund identified with his promising tennis skills and approved his move to the United States of America, where his skills were developed by the IMG Academy, a preparatory sports training boarding school in Bradenton, Florida.
As we learned, Nishikori became a student at the IMG Academy at the age of 14. He trained in the Bollettieri tennis program and soon began participating in Junior Circuit tournaments. It was only a matter of time before the lad won his first victory on the ATP Tour, sometime in February 2008. After his outstanding performance at the international tournament in Delray Beach, Kei Nishikori was honored with the ATP Newcomer of the Year Award.
In a fast-track run until 2012, Kei indicated his intention to establish himself as Japan’s most successful tennis player. As the first Japanese player to win the Japan Open, he made history. Since the victory was won in front of spectators, most of whom were his countrymen, it was difficult for tennis lovers in the country to stop worshipping Kei.
Although Kei now lives in the United States of America, he was born on December 29, 1989, in Matsue, Shimane, Japan, the son of engineer Kiyoshi (father) and his wife Eri. The tennis player is not his parents’ only child; before him, they had a daughter they called Reina.
Kei Nishikori’s Net Worth
The man has built his wealth from his tennis prize money, numerous sponsorship contracts, and other business ventures. Kei is always named among the highest-paid tennis players and even among the highest-paid athletes in the world.
In 2017, the popular American business magazine (Forbes) ranked him 92nd in its list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities with total earnings of $33.9 million. Much of this amount ($30 million) came from his sponsorship contracts with many large companies such as Procter & Gamble and Nike. The rest ($3.9 million) came from his salary and profits.
In light of the above, several figures were given as the total value of the man’s assets. Unfortunately, we cannot certify any of them as they are only a rough estimate of his wealth.
Wife or Girlfriend, Is Kei Nishikori Married?
While the details of Kei Nishikori’s efforts as a tennis player are easily accessible, not much is known about his love life. This has led to several speculations and false reports about the man’s romantic affairs and sexual orientation.
Although some people wonder if the man is gay, it is generally believed that he is not sexually attracted to his sex. As far as we can tell, the star is not married; nevertheless, he has been romantically associated with a model named Ako Mizuki. Although there is no record of when Kei and Ako became lovers, reports from Japan suggest that the two have known each other since 2015.
This suggests that the tennis celebrity may have had a complicated love life, as it is also suspected that he was dating Honami Tsuboi, a certified yoga instructor during the same period.
His Height and Weight
There are studies that suggest that the physical condition of a tennis player such as height and weight can affect performance. This is definitely the reason why Kei works hard to stay fit. Although it is now virtually impossible for him to do anything that changes his height from 5 ft. 8 inches. (177 cm) height, but he is leading a healthy lifestyle to maintain his weight of 70 kg.