Nishikori, Almagro Rally On Cruise Ship
The always-popular players enjoyed their first-ever hit on a cruise ship.
Kei Nishikori is fully focused on trying to claim his third consecutive title at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, but is adopting a unique approach for taking in the city’s picturesque views.
The World No. 6 joined local favourite Nicolas Almagro on Friday to hit a few balls on a mini-tennis court set up on an MSC cruise ship. On Monday morning, Nishikori will play a mini-tennis match with Rafael Nadal at the top of Tibidabo mountain, known for its views overlooking Barcelona.
“I am happy to be back in Barcelona. I feel good and hope to win my third consecutive title here,” said Nishikori, shortly before his first training session at the Real Club Tenis Barcelona 1899. “I love Barcelona. The view of the city from the ocean is fantastic.
Nishikori is looking to become just the third player to three-peat at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Only Nadal and Mats Wilander have accomplished the feat so far.