Kei Nishikori set to have a packed schedule from January to March 2019

is going to have a busy schedule in the first quarter of 2019. The 28-year-old Japanese player will start the new season at the Brisbane International which takes place from 31 December to 6 January prior to the Australian Open.

Unlike some reports suggested, Nishikori will not play the Fast4 tennis event in Sydney on Monday, January 7. After the Australian Open, on February 1 and 2 Nishikori is set to make his comeback in Davis Cup for the first time in two years and a half against China in Guangzhou.

Nishikori will then move to Rotterdam to play the ATP 500 tournament from 11 February to 18 February. He may add another tournament in the following weeks like Acapulco or Dubai. The world No. 9 will then compete in Indian Wells and Miami in March.

Nishikori will play Davis Cup in order to be elegible to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. If Japan beats China, they will reach the final stage that will take place from 18 to 24 November at the Caja Magica in Madrid. The world No.

9 will use a new Wilson racket next year: I requested Wilson to make a new racquet that can create an extra carry after a ball bounces and feels soft when a ball is hit, so I feel like I can play with more heightened feelings.

I think strings of the racquet can hold a ball for a moment longer when a ball is hit, which enables me to improve a carry and control a ball more easily. Blue colour used in the racquet is fresh and cute to me, I like it. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title

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