Nishikori wants tennis gold at Rio

Japan world number six Kei Nishikori says he will be going all out to win the gold medal at the Rio Olympics which start’s on August 5.

At a press event on Tuesday, Nishikori confirmed his Olympic goal, saying: “I’ll aim for gold and do whatever I can to win it.”

There has been concern over 26-year-old’s fitness after he retired from the round of 16 match at Wimbledon against Marin Cilic of Croatia with and abdominal injury while trailing 6-1, 5-1.

Nishikori confirmed that the injury was feeling a lot better and he expected to be playing again at the Rogers Cup in Toronto from July 25.

“I’m getting better with each day. I plan to be up and running from Toronto,” said Nishikori.

He added that he could not wait to be part of Japan’s team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as he feels he will be in his prime as a tennis player.

“It’s still four years away so it’s kind of hard to say, but I’m really looking forward to it since I’ll be at my peak as a tennis player.”