Alexander Zverev will make his debut at the ATP 500 indoor-hard tournament in October



Alexander Zverev, Casper Ruud and Kei Nishikori have all been confirmed for the Rakuten Open in Tokyo.

Zverev, 25, will make his debut on Tokyo’s indoor hard courts this year. Ruud, who reached his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros, is also set to compete at the Rakuten Open for the first time.

On the other side, Nishikori, 32, is a very familiar face in Tokyo. Nishikori, who made her Rakuten Open debut in 2007, is set to make her 11th appearance in Tokyo. Nishikori has enjoyed success in Tokyo throughout his career, having reached three finals there.

Nishikori won the Tokyo titles in 2012 and 2014, while finishing second in the tournament in 2018.

Zverev and Nishikori are recovering from injuries

Zverev has been out since tearing ankle ligaments at Roland-Garros.

On the other side, Nishikori is yet to play in 2022 after undergoing hip surgery in January. However, the good news is that both players are aiming to return to action next month. Zverev has been making good progress since his ankle surgery and he hasn’t closed the doors on the possibility of playing at the US Open, which begins on August 29.

On the other side, Nishikori is aiming to make a comeback the week before the US Open at the Winston-Salem Open. Zverev may be out for the entire swing on North American hard courts, but it’s still positive to hear he’s making good progress in his recovery.

“The days are very long,” Zverev said. “You start very early and finish in the evening. We do a lot of exercises, there are always new ones being added all the time. The foot is cared for, mobility is worked on, strength and stability are rebuilt.

In some cases, normal walking and running are relearned. I do water sprint exercises, treadmill and bike workouts.” The Rakuten Open in Tokyo kicks off on October 3.

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