Kei Nishikori Makes Harrowing Revelation: I Needed Surgery To Trim The Bones

He needed surgery to trim the bones.


Kei Nishikori revealed that the doctors literally trimmed his bones, as reshaping his bones was the only way to get rid of the pain that was constantly hampering him. In late 2019, Nishikori underwent surgery on his right elbow.

Then, in early 2022, Nishikori had his damaged hip surgically repaired. Judging by Nishikori’s comments to Nikkan Sports, it appears the Japanese underwent an osteotomy, a surgery in which damaged or injured bone is cut and reshaped to improve function and reduce pain. «My bones have been deformed in the hip and elbow, I needed surgery to cut the bones, otherwise I feel pain, so (what happened) was inevitable, I never think about what I should have done (with these injuries), I know it’s an unanswered question,» Nishikori told Nikkan Sports.

Nishikori would like to play Carlos Alcaraz

After undergoing hip surgery, Nishikori was aiming to return in the summer of 2022. But 12 months have passed since the surgery, and Nishikori hasn’t played since.

Although Nishikori has been away, tennis has gained new champions, most notably Carlos Alcaraz. Nishikori, a former world number 4, described Alcaraz as «unique» and admitted that he would like to prove himself against the 19-year-old.

«Tennis has changed dramatically this year with Alcaraz and young players like Sinner, Felix and Ruud, but I’m not overwhelmed with their promotion, just looking forward to playing with them. For me, it’s more about fighting myself than worrying about it. for playing against the youth.

But I’ve never played Alcaraz or Ruud even in practice, so I want to experience their play. I feel a little scared to play with Alcaraz, his tennis is unique and opens a new dimension of tennis, I want to play it and feel it,» said Nishikori.

Meanwhile, it doesn’t look like Nishikori is going to compete at the Australian Open. It remains to be seen when Nishikori will finally make his long-awaited return.



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