Kei Nishikori says he has recovered from his injury woes 'to a decent level' and he 'can't wait' to get himself back himself to his previous level next year.
Nishikori has had a torrid time with injuries in the last two seasons, with successive elbow and shoulder injuries keeping him from the court for long periods of time.
He did return to action this year, but not before a brush with coronavirus, and he is already planning for a much better 2021.
“[My shoulder] has recovered to a decent level. It’ll be definitely okay for next year,” Kyodo news quoted the former world number four as saying on Friday.
“I’ll prepare [for the Olympics] assuming that they will take place.
“We had few tournaments [due to the pandemic] and my season came to an end when I was beginning to get my feel back.
“I really can’t wait for next year. I couldn’t face top-10 ranked players this season. I want to compete at that level again as soon as I can.”
Nishikori has seen his world ranking drop to number 41 as he has been battling injuries, which is down from 13 at the end of 2019.
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