The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
Japan No 1 Kei Nishikori said he had failed to recover from an injury and will sit out the behind-closed-doors Davis Cup qualifier against Ecuador.
Japanese star Kei Nishikori pulled out of the Australian Open and the inaugural ATP Cup with an injury that has kept him out since the US Open.
Japanese star Kei Nishikori has seen his year come to a disappointing end as he prepares to go under the knife to repair his damaged elbow.
Kei Nishikori has spoken of his growing confidence after advancing to the US Open third round following a gritty win over American Bradley Klahn.
Kei Nishikori admitted he would have liked longer on court after Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti quit with injury just 47 minutes into their first-round encounter.
A Japanese dream duo of Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori could come together for mixed doubles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Roger Federer admitted he had no idea he'd become the first man to win 100 matches at Wimbledon, a feat which set-up a semi-final against old rival Rafael Nadal.
Kei Nishikori equalled Ai Sugiyama's record of four appearances in the last 16 of Wimbledon by a Japanese player as he dismissed Steve Johnson easily.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are closing in on a dream Roland Garros semi-final clash but standing in their way are Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka.
Kei Nishikori came back from 1-4 and 3-5 down in the final set to beat Benoit Paire and will now face Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.
Japan's home Davis Cup tie against Ecuador next week will be played behind closed doors.
Kei Nishikori's participation in the 2020 Australian Open is dependent on his rehabilitation following elbow surgery.
Australia's Alex de Minaur knocked out Kei Nishikori in thethird round of the US Open to collect his first victory over a top-10 player.
Past US Open runners-up Kei Nishikori and Karolina Pliskova have advanced to the third round of the US Open.
Former US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori of Japan raced into the second round in just 47 minutes after Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti quit with injury.
Kei Nishikori has lost to fellow Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in the second round of the ATP Cincinnati Masters.
Japanese eighth seed Kei Nishikori set-up a quarter-final clash against Roger Federer after he beat Mikhail Kukushkin at Wimbledon.
Japan's Kei Nishikori eased into the second round of Wimbledon beating Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro in straight sets.
Michael Chang expects more players to use underarm serves, 30 years on from "the only one of his career" in a famous victory over Ivan Lendl at Roland Garros.
Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori battled into the French Open fourth round for the fifth successive year with a marathon win over Serbia's Laslo Djere.
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