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Nishikori pulls out of Fast4 event with hip injury

Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:33

Kei Nishikori pulls out of an exhibition event in Sydney as he aims to recover from a hip injury in time for next week's Australian Open, while Rafa Nadal looks forward to the first grand slam event of the season, despite a first round loss in 2016 there

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SHOWS: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 9, 2017) (NETWORK TEN - Broadcasters: NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA Digital: NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU) 1. JAPANESE TENNIS PLAYER, KEI NISHIKORI HOLDING A WOMBAT STANDING NEXT TO SPANISH TENNIS PLAYER, RAFA NADAL 2. NISHIKORI AND NADAL WITH WOMBAT 3. NADAL LOOKING AT WOMBAT 4. NISHIKORI, NADAL AND PREMIERE OF NEW SOUTH WALES, MIKE BAIRD POSING WITH WOMBAT 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAPANESE TENNIS PLAYER, KEI NISHIKORI SAYING: "I think this is a great format to play and I think all the fans are enjoying this format. Great players are playing from Australia too. Kyrgios (Nick Kyrgios) and Bernie (Bernard Tomic) too. Hopefully I can come back next year and hope I can enjoy watching the match tonight." 6. WHITE FLASH 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPANISH TENNIS PLAYER, RAFA NADAL SAYING: "The same like every year, you know. It's not because I lost last year in the first round. I love playing in Melbourne, it's an unbelievable event and Tennis Australia is doing fantastic work. It's probably the tournament that improve more and more every single year so I'm very excited to come back and play again. Last year was a tough year, I just hope to change things this year and play better again." 8. NISHIKORI, NADAL POSING WITH WOMBAT STORY: Kei Nishikori has pulled out of an exhibition event in Sydney to recover from a hip injury, with the Japanese world number five reluctant to take any risks ahead of next week's Australian Open. The world number five needed a lengthy injury timeout in the Brisbane International men's singles final on Sunday (January 8) after drawing level in the second set against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Nishikori went on to lose the deciding set, suffering a first defeat to Dimitrov in four meetings. Nishikori, the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up, had been scheduled to play alongside Spaniard Rafa Nadal against Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic in a Fast4 exhibition event in Sydney on Monday (January 9) and has been replaced by Austrian Dominic Thiem. "I think this is a great format to play and I think all the fans are enjoying this format. Great players are playing from Australia too. Kyrgios and Bernie too. Hopefully I can come back next year and hope I can enjoy watching the match tonight," said Nishikori. Nadal, who was knocked out of the 2016 Australian Open in the first round by compatriot Fernando Verdasco, is looking forward to next week's event. "I love playing in Melbourne, it's an unbelievable event and Tennis Australia is doing fantastic work. It's probably the tournament that improve more and more every single year so I'm very excited to come back and play again. Last year was a tough year, I just hope to change things this year and play better again," said Nadal.

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Nishikori pulls out of Fast4 event with hip injury

Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:33