Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori continued his climb back to global prominence on the pro tennis scene with another win yesterday at the Sarasota Open. His work at the IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program has been well-documented, and has been titled Project 45, to signify the goal of reaching a ranking of 45 in the world-- the highest ever for a Japanese tennis player. The Bradenton Herald covered his match yesterday and progress on climbing the ranks:
Bollettieri knows talent and the tennis coaching legend has known Nishikori since the native of Shimane, Japan, arrived at the IMG Academy doorstep, unable to speak a word of English, nearly eight years ago.
Now, 20 and a cult figure in Japan, Nishikori is fluent in English; what he can do on the tennis court translates in any language. There is that blazing speed, split-second reactions, and those remarkable shots that can elicit gasps from fans and cries of frustration from opponents.