Japanese star Kei Nishikori has been on tour since a decade and peaked during the 2014-15 season. In the 2021 season, he has shown mixed form.
At Dubai, he defeated 5th seed David Goffin before losing to eventual champion Lloyd Harris in the quarter-final in three sets. Following his good form in Dubai, he had a decent Round of 32 appearance at Miami where he lost to second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
In his match against the Greek lord, Nishikori showed glimpses of his old form. Earlier, he had a poor outing in Melbourne, Rotterdam and Marseille.
Kei Nishikori to skip Monte Carlo inorder to train more
Nishikori has always done well on Clay. But his appearance on the red testing surface will be delayed as he pulls out of the Monte Carlo Masters.
He has said that he needs a week more to train and practice. Nishikori is expected to return a week later in the Barcelona Open. He will be a strong contender at Barcelona and will look to reach the later stages of the tournament.
Meanwhile, World No. 4 Dominic Thiem, Croatian tennis star Borna Coric and American John Isner have also withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters.