Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2019

Roger Federer to play Kei Nishikori in Japan exhibition match | Tennis | Sport


Roger Federer will play Kei Nishikori in an exhibition tennis match on October 14 in Tokyo, Japan at the Ariake Coliseum.

Tickets for the match will go on sale on September 21 with premium seats costing over £448.

A wheelchair men’s singles match will take place between Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reed then Federer and Nishikori will follow.

All four players are UNIQLO ambassadors and proceeds will go to charity.

The match will take place a day after the Shanghai Masters final which Federer and Nishikori are both expected to play.

The pair have played each other 11 times with the Swiss leading the head-to-head 8-3.

They last met at Wimbledon in June where Federer came out on top in four sets.

Federer signed with Uniqlo last year in a deal worth a reported $300million over 10 years.

Speaking last month at Uniqlo event before the US Open, Federer was coy about whether he will play at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“Of course I’d love to play in Japan more often,” he told Uniqlo.com.

“Japan is one of those places I really enjoy visiting. Thanks to my connection with UNIQLO, I have so many Japanese friends now.

“I hope we can make it this year and the next. Plus, there’s the Olympics coming up in 2020.

“Although who knows if I’ll have a chance to play. We shall see.”

An Olympics gold medal in the singles is one of the few accolades missing from Federer’s glittering career.

In 2012, Federer was beaten by Andy Murray at Wimbledon, just weeks after defeating the Brit in the annual Grand Slam event.

Then in 2016, Federer was forced to miss the summer event with a knee injury.

But Federer does have a gold medal in the men’s doubles with Stan Wawrinka from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.



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