‘It is time for a new voice’ – Kei Nishikori ditches long-term coach

Kei Nishikori forehand

Kei Nishikori has announced he has split from long-term coach Dante Bottini, adding that he ‘needs a new voice.’

The Japanese star has been with Bottini for nine years and it has generally been a very successful time.

During that time, Nishikori won 12 ATP titles, climbed as high as fourth in the world rankings, and reached the US Open final in 2014.

However, he has announced on Twitter that he has decided to move on following a tough 2019.

“After nine years of working together literally day in and day out, I have decided it is time for a new voice.” Nishikori wrote.

“I am forever grateful for Dante’s contributions to my career and we will obviously remain very close friends.

“I appreciate so much the last nine years and our friendship.”

Bottini added in a statement: “They have been an amazing 9 years together with Kei on the road and training every day, but it’s time to say goodbye.

“I can’t have enough words to describe how good of a person he is.

“I don’t have any doubts that he will be competing at a high level and having great success as always.

I wish him and his team the very best.”

Nishikori is unlikely to qualify for the ATP Finals this year, and no details have emerged yet on who might replace Bottini.

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