Kei Nishikori: My wife sometimes blames me for not talking about my worries

Former world No. 4 Kei Nishikori revealed he doesn’t like to bother his wife too much with his problems and she sometimes blames him for not wanting to open more. 

Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, recently became a father for the first time. 

“Basically I don’t moan or whine to my wife at all, actually she sometimes blames me for not talking about my worries with her, she wants me to share my trouble with her, but I take it all on myself, I’ve always been like that,” Nishikori said.

Nishikori, now ranked at No. 47 in the world, has had a couple of injury-plagued season and he admitted the last years haven’t been easy for him. 

“I’ve never wanted to stop playing though I’m always feeling like it’s tough, yeah I often feel it’s tough, I’m not in the mood, I hate it… but I’ve been somehow escaping,” Nishikori said.

Nishikori admitted he tends to get depressed 

“I usually get deeply depressed for a while, at the moment that I get injured or I’m told about surgery, but after that I somehow come back because I still have motivation and passion for playing tennis again,” Nishikori admitted.

Nishikori, who is set to turn 32 next week, is one of the most experienced players on the Tour.

Recently, he shared an advice to juniors. 

“Enjoy it, you’ll realize how important it is to enjoy as you get older. You might want to quit at some point, but after getting though that you can be filled with happiness (of playing). It would be nice to learn how to overcome tough times while you’re young,” Nishikori advised. “If I reach the top, no.1, I think that encourages them (younger players) to believe that they can also achieve (things like that), and promotes tennis. For that I’ll try to show them myself trying hard.”