Japan's Nishikori ends 2021 season due to back injury

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Oct 9, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Kei Nishikori (JPN) looks connected during his 2nd circular lucifer against Daniel Evans (GER) during the BNP Paribas Open astatine the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 2 (Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori has ended his play owed to a backmost injury, the erstwhile satellite fig 4 has said.

The 31-year-old, presently ranked 49th successful the world, played astatine past month's ATP Masters 1000 lawsuit successful Indian Wells, wherever helium mislaid successful the 2nd circular to Dan Evans.

In the leadup to the Indian Wells, Nishikori had pulled retired of the ATP 250 lawsuit successful San Diego conscionable hours earlier his opening lucifer against Britain's Andy Murray.

Nishikori past pulled retired of an ATP 500 lawsuit successful Vienna and the ongoing Paris Masters and besides withdrew from adjacent week's tourney successful Stockholm earlier announcing his determination to extremity his season.

"I wounded my backmost immoderate weeks agone earlier San Diego and it has continued to fuss me," helium said connected Twitter.

"It's been a agelong year, coming backmost from wounded and I look guardant to off-season. "Also look guardant to having a beardown pre-season grooming to marque 2022 a large year."

Nishikori, who reached a career-high ranking of 4th soon aft becoming the archetypal Asian antheral to scope a large last astatine the 2014 U.S. Open, has been plagued by injuries successful caller years and has struggled for consistency.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly successful Mumbai; editing by Peter Rutherford

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