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Old 04-29-2008, 06:53 AM   #346
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And this from Tennis Week:
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fulls...inewsid=549880

Kei Cracks Top 100 With Bermuda Win By Tennis Week
Monday, April 28, 2008

Kei Nishikori fought off two match points to win the ATP Challenger in Bermuda yesterday and crack double digits today.

The 18-year-old from Shimane, Japan became the youngest player in the ATP's top 100 by virtue of his 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) victory over Viktor Troicki in the Bermuda final.

It has been a season of firsts for the 99th-ranked Nishikori who became the first Japanese man to reach the top 100 since Shuzo Matsuoka in August, 1996.

Nishikori's Bermuda title comes more than two months after he captured his first career ATP title with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over James Blake in the Delray Beach final. Nishikori not only won his first singles title in the first ATP tournament of the season, but became the youngest player at 18 years, 1 month and 19 days old to win an ATP title since Lleyton Hewitt in 1998; and the first Japanese player to win an ATP title since Shuzo Matsuoka won in Seoul in 1992.

Nishikori opened the Bermuda event beating three straight top-100 ranked opponents — 77th-ranked Daniel Marcos, 58th-ranked Dudi Sela and 88th-ranked Ernests Gulbis — before defeating 101st-ranked Peter Luczak, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals.

Nishikori, who turned pro last October 1, posted impressive wins as a junior and won the boys doubles title at the 2006 French Open. Playing highlights for 2007 include winning the Luxilon Cup held at the 2007 Sony Ericsson Open and being the youngest player since 1985 to reach the quarterfinals of the Indianapolis Championships in July.

He signed an endorsement deal with Wilson last December.
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:52 AM   #347
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I was wondering, if anyone is good at these things, could they please make this into an avatar for me?
I've got it resizes to 3 smaller sizes in my FLICKR, should be suitable as an avatar.







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Old 04-29-2008, 08:59 AM   #348
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Thank you Esther
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:10 PM   #349
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How cool avatar! Gambillfan
Now, Kei returned to Japan temporarily for the contract with Sony. I hope Kei has a good time during his brief visit here
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Thanx for the information, kinokino.

And I was wrong about the grass season.
Kei is on the main draw entry list for the Queen's Club right after RG!
Other entries include Rafa, Djoko, Roddick, Nalbandian, Murray, Hewitt, etc. etc.
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You're welcome Thomas.

Thanks for the info bunny-san!
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Japan’s Nishikori targets Olympics after rapid rise
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese prospect Kei Nishikori has set his sights on a place at this year’s Beijing Olympics after the teenager became the first player from his country to break into the world’s top 100 for 12 years.

Nishikori’s victory at a challenger event over the weekend lifted the 18-year-old to 99th in the rankings published on Monday as he became the fifth, and youngest, Japanese man to secure a place within the top 100.

His win against Serbian Viktor Troicki in the final of the Bermuda Open on Sunday also raised his slim hopes of qualifying for this year’s Beijing Games.

Hailed as a “boy genius” by the Japanese media, Nishikori will need to climb another 30 or so places in the world rankings to realize his goal of playing at the Olympics in August.

“I wanted to reach the top 100 before Wimbledon,” said Nishikori, who earlier this month became the youngest Japanese player to win a Davis Cup tie.

“It’s an honor to play for Japan and I would love to play for my country at the Olympics.”

Nishikori’s rapid rise began in earnest when he became the first Japanese player to win an ATP event for nearly 16 years with an upset victory over American James Blake in the Delray Beach International final in February.

Shuzo Matsuoka was the last Japanese man to reach the top 100. He reached a career-high world ranking of 46 in singles in 1992.

(Writing by Alastair Himmer; Editing by John O’Brien)
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Wow, he's at Queens. I hope he goes to Nottingham also. 30 minute bus ride from me.
I would probably treat myself to a day at Queen's club after my exams, but I am going to WTA birmingham for two days since thats near.
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Wow, he's at Queens. I hope he goes to Nottingham also. 30 minute bus ride from me.
I would probably treat myself to a day at Queen's club after my exams, but I am going to WTA birmingham for two days since thats near.
Please write a report if you happen to see Kei play at Queen's. Gambillfan!



Today Kei signed a three-year contract with Sony. One Japanese paper estimate the undisclosed deal as 10,000,000 yen (about 960,000 USD) per year. He's a rich man, eh! He will wear a Sony logo on a sleeve of his shirt and help promote Sony products.
Hope it won't be too much pressure on him, I want him to improve as a player at his own pace.

Kei said at a press conference today that his goal for this year is to reach top 50.
Apparently, he also asked for a WC at the Beijing Olympics through the Japan Tennis Federation.

This article has many more pics at the bottom:
http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/graph/2008/0430/
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My pleasure, bunny

Last night, Kei's big contract was reported by every sportcast in Japan.
He is proud that sony has an image of No.1. I think he will outperform sony's hope
He also said he missed Japanese food, especially Shab-shab.
Maybe he enjoyed delicious Japanese beef last night
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Yatta! Kei! I'm so proud of you. Hopefully next time I'm in Japan you will be too!
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He's already a big sports icon in Japan, like Kosuke Kitajima, Takuma Sato, Hidetoshi Nakata and etc...

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Hey thx guys for posting the articles, pics and all. It was good read.
Especially the one by Josh Ball, wish i could see the match.
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Roddick, Ferrer, Nishikori to play Tokyo
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TOKYO (AP) -- Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick is scheduled take part in the Japan Open in September, the Japan Tennis Association said Thursday.

Roddick, along with last year's winner David Ferrer of Spain, are among the top players expected to take part in the Sept. 29-Oct. 15 event.

Also scheduled to participate is Japanese player Kei Nishikori, who at 18 became the youngest
Japanese player to break into the top 100 of the men's world rankings.

Nishikori became the first Japanese tournament winner on the ATP Tour in 16 years with his victory at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in February.




Wow...strong field. Ferrer to defend the title, good luck Kei in Tokyo. He was crashing out in the 1st rd last year, correct? Hope Roger will playing again in Tokyo after he'd missed last year.
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Yes, esthercls
Last AIG OPEN, Kei lost to Zack Fleishman(USA) in three sets 6-7 6-3 1-6 in 1st rd. And Fleishman lost to Gasquet in the 2nd rd. That was my first time to watch actual tennis matches and I got awful suntan, it remains still now
I heard Kei's physical condition was not good then. I'm expecting his good showing this fall in Tokyo!
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