Nishikori: It took a lot of courage for Raonic to pull out

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

AP Photo

After his Davis Cup victory over Peter Polansky, Japan’s Kei Nishikori says "it took a lot of courage" for top-ranked Canadian Milos Raonic to pull out of the tie with an ankle injury.

"Raonic being out gives us a chance," Nishikori told reporters. "He's ranked higher than me. It took a lot of courage for him to pull out. There's a lot of pressure in the Davis Cup.”

The tie is being played in Tokyo and is currently 1-1 after Canada’s Frank Dancevic defeated Go Soeda. Canada’s No. 2 Vasek Pospisil was forced out of the singles due to a back injury; Canadian reporter Tom Tebbutt writes that he is unlikely to play doubles with Daniel Nestor on Saturday. “It appears Dancevic will partner Daniel Nestor,” says Tebbutt.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Maria Sharapova on the French Open: I'll play the juniors if I have to

It's not yet known whether the Russian will receive a wild card into Roland Garros. 

Eugenie Bouchard: 'Cheater' Maria Sharapova should be banned for life

"I think from the WTA it sends the wrong message to young kids," Bouchard added. 

Catching up with Sebastien Grosjean—on Federer, junior tennis and clay

The Boca Raton resident sat down to chat during the Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros.