The Japanese Kei nishikori, former world number 4, announced this Monday his retirement for the Australian Open and the first edition of the ATP Cup due to a persistent elbow injury that has already kept him away from the courts in the US Open.
Nishikori, currently ranked 13th in the world, said he regretted not being able to start his season as expected in January. “Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from the ATP Cup and the Australian Open,” he said in a statement.
“Today with my team we made this decision because I am not yet one hundred percent ready to compete at the highest level. It was not an easy decision because Australia is one of my favorite places to play. ” Nishikori.
Elbow of Nishikori He had to undergo surgery in October, but his current level of form does not allow him to be ready for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year that begins on January 20 in Melbourne. And even less so for the ATP Cup that starts on January 3 in Perth.
Yoshihito nishioka will replace him for this tournament in the Japan team, in which Yasutaka uchiyama has also resigned and will be replaced by Toshihide Matsui.
The absence of Nishikori is another blow for the new ATP Cup after the loss of the British Andy Murray, injured in the groin, and the decision of the Swiss Roger Federer not to participate.
The ATP Cup, which will take place Jan. 3-12 in Perth, offers $ 15 million in prize money and a maximum of 750 points in singles and 250 in doubles for the ATP rankings. Twenty-four teams will be divided into 6 groups of four with 8 teams qualified for the quarterfinals. Sydney will host the finals and group stage matches that will also take place in Brisbane and Perth.