Kei Nishikori, Memphis Open 2016

Enjoy a few pictures of Kei‘s straight sets victory over Kukushkin and read our recap here.

Friday evening quarterfinal

Friday evening quarterfinal

Friday evening quarterfinal
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Kei Nishikori, 2016 Memphis Open

The Featured Match on the daily draw sheet handed to fans entering the racquet club was Kei Nishikori vs. Mikhail Kukushkin. Nishikori had won their previous four meetings, and would prevail in this one as well, hitting shots that had the Kazakhstani player standing with his hands on hips, shaking his head at the ball he hadn’t expected to come back over the net.

Mikhail Kukushkin

Kukushkin did get the better of Nishikori now and then, reeling him in for some errors at the net, and the crowd applauded his winners as well as Kei’s. Find more pictures here.

Friday evening quarterfinal

Friday evening quarterfinal
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Kei Nishikori fans at the 2016 Memphis Open

For over fifteen years, Japanese and Tennessean corporate, cultural, and political movers and shakers have discussed ways of bringing Japanese talent and tourists to the southeastern United States and vice versa, which has in turn contributed to current opportunities for expatriates, emigrants, and enthusiasts in the Volunteer State to partake of Japan-related events. Nashville has hosted a cherry blossom festival every April since 2009, with the goal of planting a thousand cherry trees in the city by 2019. Japanese firms have contributed over 13 billion dollars to economic development in Tennessee, resulting in more than 35,000 jobs (disclosure: I am related to longtime members of the Japan-America Society of Tennessee). There is a Japanese Language School in Memphis and a biannual Bon festival at the Botanic Garden.

And, Kei Nishikori keeps coming back to Memphis in February, and he keeps winning. This brings journalists from Japan…

Querrey d. Nishioka QF

scholars from Indiana University…

Nishikori v. Querrey

and families from near and far, with signs in English and Japanese:

2016 Memphis Open final

2016 Memphis Open final
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Yoshihito Nishioka, Memphis Open 2016

Enjoy a few pictures of Sam Querrey‘s quarterfinal win over Yoshihito Nishioka. Check out the recap here.

Querrey d. Nishioka QF

Querrey d. Nishioka QF
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Taylor Fritz, Memphis Open 2016

Enjoy a few pictures of Taylor Fritz hard fought 6-4 5-7 7-6 win over Benjamin Becker in the quarterfinals of the Memphis Open on Friday. Read full recap here.

Fritz d. Becker

Fritz d. Becker

Fritz d. Becker
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