Kei Nishikori, the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up, mentioned he examined damaging for COVID-19 following getting two good exams but even now determined to withdraw from the Grand Slam tournament that starts upcoming week.
Nishikori wrote Wednesday on his mobile app that he is prepared to “slowly” return to practice — but not ready to compete in greatest-of-5-set matches.
“After this kind of a lengthy break I come to feel that returning in a greatest of five lengthy-match setting is not intelligent until finally I am completely prepared to do so,” Nishikori’s submit mentioned. “It’s disappointing as I enjoy the US Open and have fantastic recollections there. I will start off on the clay. Thank you.”
A different player withdrawing from the U.S. Open on Wednesday was Polona Hercog. That permitted the 2009 semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer to move into the major draw.
The U.S. Open, on the really hard courts at Flushing Meadows, ends on Sept. 13. Then the tennis tour shifts to red clay in Europe, with tuneup tournaments planned ahead of the scheduled start off of the French Open on Sept. 27.
Nishikori mentioned final Friday he examined good for COVID-19 a 2nd time and had “very minimum signs and symptoms.”
The thirty-yr-outdated from Japan has been ranked as higher as No. four and is now No. 31, which would have place him in line to be seeded for the U.S. Open.
Nishikori misplaced in the 2014 ultimate at Flushing Meadows to Marin Cilic and was also a semifinalist in New York in 2016 and 2018.