Looking for his inner beast? Nishikori adds Mirnyi to coaching team

Looking for his inner beast? Nishikori adds Mirnyi to coaching team

The Japanese star, who has been sidelined with a right elbow injury since the US Open, made the announcement on his personal app early Saturday.

In October, Kei Nishikori announced it was time he sought out a new voice, splitting from long-time coach Dante Bottini after a nine-year partnership.

Early Saturday, the former US Open finalist revealed on his personal app that he’s brought on former world No. 18 Max Mirnyi to join his team alongside Michael Chang. The Belarusian, who also reached No. 1 in doubles, lifted 10 Grand Slam trophies (six men’s doubles, four mixed) and won the inaugural mixed doubles event at the 2012 Olympics in London with Victoria Azarenka, retired at the end of the 2018 season.

“Excited what the future holds,” Nishikori wrote.

According to the Japanese star, Mirnyi is a full-time addition. Both Mirnyi and Nishikori have long-standing ties at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. Mirnyi resides in nearby Sarasota with wife Ksenia and their four children.

The 13th-ranked Nishikori has not played since the US Open due to a right elbow injury, later undergoing season-ending surgery.