Kei Nishikori invited to Challenger tournaments in Calgary and Drummondville

The Canadian Tennis Agency announced Thursday that Japan’s Kei Nishikori has been invited to participate in the main draw of the Calgary and Drummondville Challenger Championships scheduled for November 6-13 and November 13-20, 2022, respectively.

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Having been out of competition since October 2021 due to a thigh injury, Nishikori, who finished fourth in the world rankings in 2015, is consequently returning.

A previous finalist at the National Bank Open (2016) and United States Open (2014), the Japanese won 12 ATP titles and over $25 million in scholarships during his career, as well as participating in 14 finals.

The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, is one of the few players on the ATP circuit to have beaten each of the “Big Three” members Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Currently coached by Michael Chang and Max Mirny, former world number 2 and Roland Garros (1989) former top 20 player, Nishikori’s last crowning dates back to 2019 in Brisbane in Australia.

In both tournaments, the 32-year-old gets one of the three passes that give direct access to the main draw.

“We are thrilled to have Key in our tournaments,” said Alan Kelly, Drummondville Tournament President, and Danny Da Costa, Calgary Tournament Director.

“Since the beginning of his career, Kei has been one of the most prolific players in the ring, and despite his return from a major injury, he remains a very talented athlete. We can’t wait to see him again in Canada and we are sure our fans will too.”

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The names of the other recipients will be announced approximately one week before the start of each competition. The full lists of participants, which will certainly include several Canadian athletes, will be announced two to three weeks before the competition begins.

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