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Gilbert To Help Nishikori Next Year

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Nishikori© Getty ImagesKei Nishikori trains at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Former World No. 4 and renowned coach Brad Gilbert has agreed to help Kei Nishikori as a consultant at 15 tournaments next year.

“I have been working at the IMG Bollettieri Academy for a few years now, helping out Kei and other players,” Gilbert told ATPWorldTour.com.

“I decided to expand my role with Kei to 15 tournaments, but TV work with ESPN will remain my first priority.”

Since retiring in 1994, Gilbert has coached Andre Agassi (1994-2002), Andy Roddick (2003-04) and Andy Murray (2006-07).

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Nishikori, currently No. 98 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings, is excited about adding Gilbert to his team.

“Brad’s knowledge as a former top player, as well as his coaching success, is something that can help me become a better player.”

The Japanese star will continue to travel full-time with his coach, Dante Bottini. After one week’s training at Gilbert’s house in California, he will start the 2011 season at the Aircel Chennai Open in India.

In September, the 20 year old advanced to the US Open third round (l. to Montanes), which represented his best Grand Slam performance since 2008.

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