Kei Nishikori reflects on hip surgery, reveals fear he has ahead of return

Kei Nishikori ponders hip replacement surgery and reveals his fear of returning

Kei Nishikori, 32, admitted he had reached the point where hip surgery was necessary if he was to avoid more serious hip problems. After being forced to end his 2021 season a bit early, Nishikori wanted to be ready for the start of the 2022 season.

But Nishikori was not happy with the progress he was making and announced hip surgery in January. Andy Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, now plays with a metal after two hip surgeries. Murray hasn’t been able to return to his former level after hip surgery and Nishikori admits he fears he might lose a step when he returns from hip surgery.

Nishikori: Before the surgery, the pain just wouldn’t go away

“(Before the surgery) I was just getting by with pain, trying many treatments or resting for three or four months, but the pain wouldn’t go away.

If I hadn’t had surgery I would have gotten a metal hip like Murray, so I’d say it was a serious injury. I was very worried, felt like I was done without my legs (footwork). Murray could return any ball, that was his strength, but (after the operation) he lost that a bit, I’m afraid a bit will happen to me,” Nishikori said via Wowowtennis.

Nishikori looked to return to action early in the North American hard-court swing but was forced to delay his return.

Last week, the organizers of the Winston-Salem Open announced that Nishikori decided to return his wildcard for the main draw. Nishikori may not be in Winston-Salem, but he still aspires to compete at the US Open. “My footwork is improving a lot, I feel almost no pain with every movement, I can do a sprint, lateral movements are also good.

If I can move freely (back and forth and sideways) during point play training, I’d say I’m ready, it takes a little more time,” Nishikori said.

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