All the 2,000 tickets have long been sold out for the three days. According to the Japanese media, guards will be hired for the tie for the first time in Japan's Davis Cup history, because most of the spectators are coming to see Kei and there maybe some trouble.
I suspect many of the spectators who will be there don't even know how the DC works, like that Kei doesn't play doubles or that if Japan wins three rubbers by Saturday, Kei, the No.1 player of the country, won't play on Sunday under normal circumstances. I think he will play even the dead rubber this time just for the sake of the crowd and he probably wants to play in front of the home fans. Playing two five setters against a lesser opponent shouldn't be a problem for him physically, too. But I hope in the future there will be mutual understanding between the fans and the organisers that Kei may not play a dead rubber.
I say this because I've learned from some coverage of Kei's press conference that the reason he had MR scans on his arm was that the pain actually got worse about two weeks ago and at one point he thought about withdrawing from the tie. Fortunately, it got better so he decided to play, but I'm a bit worried about this whole situation that this injury, which turned out to be tendonitis, doesn't seem to go away, and I know that for tendonitis resting is the best way to deal with it.
I'm a bit surprised that he hadn't had an MR scan earlier and a little disappointed in his physical training staff.
OK, I'm starting to sound grumpy!
I wish all the best for the team Japan and I hope Kei will enjoy the experience!