Inching closer to a spot in the ATP top-10, IMG Academy’s Kei Nishikori reached a new career-high ranking of No. 11 in the ATP World Tour rankings, revealed earlier today.
Just recently in 2012, Kei won his second career ATP World title on his home soil of Tokyo. He went on to become the 1st Japanese winner since 1972 and the 1st Asian in year-end Top 20 since Thai Paradorn Srichaphan in 2003. In Grand Slam play, he reached QF at the Australian open and 3R at Wimbledon and US Open. Kei was also able to knock down three of Top 10 opponents with wins over No. 6 Tsonga, No. 5 Ferrer and No. 6 Berdych.
Kei, now 23, began playing tennis at the age of five. Then at the age of 14, Kei moved from Shimane Japan to the US without being able to speak a word of English. Training with the Bollertieri Tennis program since the age of 14, Kei is on the rise and continuing to move forward in his already successful career.