Japan’s Kei Nishikori believes he’s finally ready for a serious post-injury return to tennis just in time for the start of an uncertain 2021 season.

The 2014 US Open finalist who has spent months dealing with elbow and shoulder problems is hoping to remain fit for the season, with the delayed Tokyo Olympics looming as a highlight of the year.

 “I really can’t wait for next year,” the 30-year-old told Japan’s Kyodo agency.

“I couldn’t face Top 10-ranked players this season. I want to compete at that level again as soon as I can.

“The shoulder has recovered to a decent level. It’ll be definitely okay for next year. “I’ll prepare (for the Games) assuming they’ll take place.”

NIshikori played only six matches during the resumption of the ATP in August after the enforced COVID-19 pause, winning two matches.

He won the last of his dozen career titles in Brisbane nearly two years ago.


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