Nishikori is looking for partner to travel with him
Japan’s Kei Nishikori on Tuesday (Nov 18) confessed to feeling a tad envious of his tennis rivals being cheered on courtside by wives and girlfriends, but showed lightning footwork to dodge the six million dollar question.
“Tennis players are always on the road so it must help relieve some of the stress for the players who have their partners travelling with them,” the 24-year-old told a news conference in Tokyo.
“It would be nice to have someone like that with me on tour one day.”
World No 5 Nishikori has been romantically linked with former Olympic gymnast Honami Tsuboi.
But when probed on the subject, he executed a perfect stop volley to end the discussion.
He said: “I have lots of people who support me – my family, my team, coach, my big sister.
"A fan once asked me to marry them (during a match) but I wasn’t confident enough to offer a response.”
The Japanese superstar also admitted that he had felt like a small boy among giants at last week’s ATP Tour Finals in London, but warned the world’s top three Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: the bigger you are, the harder you fall.
“I felt like a little child at the Tour Finals,” Nishikori said ahead of a fun-match against Andre Agassi this weekend and a welcome two-week break.