Yoshihito Nishioka

Yoshihito Nishioka (西岡 良仁, Nishioka Yoshihito, born 27 September 1995) is a Japanese tennis player. He has won one ATP Tour singles title and achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 48 on 24 February 2020.[1]

Yoshihito Nishioka
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Yoshihito Nishioka in 2018
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceTsu, Japan
Born (1995-09-27) 27 September 1995 (age 25)
Tsu, Japan
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned proJanuary 2014
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand), born right-handed
Prize money$2,492,064[1]
Career record60–63 (48.8%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 48 (24 February 2020)
Current rankingNo. 56 (9 November 2020)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2020)
French Open2R (2019, 2020)
Wimbledon1R (2016, 2018, 2019)
US Open2R (2015, 2019)
Career record4–13 (23.5%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 210 (1 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 456 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2018)
French Open2R (2019)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
US Open2R (2018)
Last updated on: 22 March 2020.


Junior careerEdit

As a junior, he compiled a 113–49 win/loss record in singles (and 63–45 in doubles), achieving a combined ranking of No.12 in the world in January 2012.[3]

Junior Grand Slam singles results:

Australian Open: 3R (2013)
French Open: 2R (2012, 2013)
Wimbledon: 2R (2012, 2013)
US Open: SF (2012)


Nishioka qualified for the US Open in his first Grand Slam qualifying appearance, but he was forced to retire in the first round match against Paolo Lorenzi because of illness. The next week, he claimed his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Shanghai by beating Somdev Devvarman in the final.

In September, Nishioka earned men's singles gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, where he upset top seed Lu Yen-hsun of Chinese Taipei in the final. He also became first Japanese men's singles champion since Toshiro Sakai, who won the 1974 Asian Games in Tehran.[4]


Nishioka qualified for the Delray Beach Open in February. He beat Igor Sijsling in the first round to record his first ATP main-draw win. He followed that up with a straight-sets win over Marinko Matosevic to become the first teenage qualifier to reach quarterfinals of the tournament since his countryman Kei Nishikori.[5] He lost to Bernard Tomic in straight sets.

During spring clay court season, Nishioka made his debut at the 2015 French Open, losing to fourth seed Tomáš Berdych in first round. In the 2015 US Open, Nishioka advanced to the second round of Major for the first time in his career, beating fellow qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu in five sets.[6] He was beaten by 30th seed Thomaz Bellucci in next round. In November, he ended 2015 season with his second challenger title in Toyoya, beating Alexander Kudryavtsev in the final.[7]

2016: Top 100Edit

By winning the Asia-Pacific wildcard play-offs in Shenzhen, Nishioka earned a wildcard into the 2016 Australian Open.[8] However, he fell in the first round to Pablo Cuevas. In February, he reached the quarterfinal of the Memphis Open as a qualifier, winning over Jared Donaldson and Illya Marchenko along the way. He lost to fourth seed Sam Querrey in straight sets. He then qualified for the Miami Open to make his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 main-draw debut, getting to the third round after beating fellow qualifier Jared Donaldson and 21st seed Feliciano López. He lost his chance to compete in the round of sixteen when he was beaten by 14th seed Dominic Thiem.

In June, Nishioka won through qualifying at 2016 Wimbledon for the first time, losing to Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round of the main draw. The following week, he earned his third Challenger title in Winnetka without dropping a set, beating Frances Tiafoe in the final. He also moved into the top 100 of the ATP rankings for the first time.[9] At the Atlanta Tennis Championships, he reached his first ATP tournament semifinal, after defeating Daniel Evans, fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov and Horacio Zeballos.[10] He then lost to eventual champion Nick Kyrgios in three sets.

2017: Rising star, knee injuryEdit

At the 2017 Australian Open, Nishioka earned his second win at a Grand Slam tournament when he defeated Alex Bolt. In the second round, he was ousted by Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets. In February, he qualified for the Mexican Open by defeating Tobias Kamke and Ryan Harrison. He proceeded to the quarterfinals after wins against Jack Sock and Jordan Thompson. His victory against Sock was his first win over a top-20 opponent on the ATP Tour.[11] He was then defeated by Rafael Nadal in straight sets. In March, Nishioka built on his momentum by entering the main draw at Indian Wells as a lucky loser. In the first round of the main draw, he played a rematch of his qualifying loss against Elias Ymer, this time winning in straight sets. In the second and third rounds he defeated Ivo Karlovic and Tomas Berdych respectively. He was lauded for his comeback three-set victory against Berdych after being down 1–6, 2–5. He was ousted in the fourth round by world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in a tight three-set match – 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4), that featured multiple breaks of serve and a tiebreak in the third set; Wawrinka went on to become runner-up in the Open.

Nishioka's promising start to the season was abruptly cut short when he ruptured the ACL of his left knee in a match against Jack Sock at the Miami Open. He underwent surgical reconstruction of the ACL on April 4, 2017.[12]

2018: Return from injury, first ATP titleEdit

After rehabilitating his knee, Nishioka returned to the ATP tour in January 2018. He chose to use his protected ranking (no. 66) to receive direct entry into the 2018 Australian Open draw.[13] In the first round of the 2018 Australian Open, his first major match since his injury, he defeated #28 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in five sets. At the 2018 ATP Shenzhen Open – Singles, he won the first ATP World Tour title in his career, defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the final.

2019: Grand Slam ResultsEdit

Nishioka defeated American Tennys Sandgren in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open in a tight match. He fell to Karen Khachanov in the second round. It marked the third consecutive year Nishioka reached the second round in Melbourne, where he has had his most consistent success in the Grand Slam events.

In the 2019 French Open, Nishioka defeated American Mackenzie McDonald in the first round. He fell to Juan Martín del Potro in a nearly four-hour long five-set match in the second round, which included a come-back tiebreak to push the match to a fifth set. Nishioka's trademark defensive game was not ultimately enough to prevail over the powerful Argentine. Del Potro crossed the net and bowed to Nishioka in respect at the end of the epic match.

At the 2019 Western & Southern Open, Nishioka had his first win against a top ten player, defeating Kei Nishikori, whom Nishioka described as his hero, in the second round. Nishioka advanced to the quarter-finals of the tournament but had to withdraw due to illness.


At the 2020 US Open Nishioka lost in the first round to former champion Andy Murray in a spectacular come from  behind victory for the Scotsman (4-6 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4).[14]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2018 Shenzhen Open, China 250 Series Hard   Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7–5, 2–6, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Feb 2020 Delray Beach Open, USA 250 Series Hard   Reilly Opelka 5–7, 7–6(7–4), 2–6

ATP Challenger finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (5 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

ATP Challenger Tour (5–1)
Outcome No.4 Date Tournament Surface Tarmac Opponent Score
Winner 1. 7 September 2014 Shanghai, China Hard   Somdev Devvarman 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–3)
Winner 2. 29 November 2015 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i)   Alexander Kudryavtsev 6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 9 July 2016 Winnetka, United States Hard   Frances Tiafoe 6–3, 6–2
Winner 4. 26 November 2016 Astana, Kazakhstan Hard (i)   Denis Istomin 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3)
Winner 5. 13 May 2018 Gimcheon, South Korea Hard   Vasek Pospisil 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 6. 28 October 2018 Traralgon, Australia Hard   Jordan Thompson 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

ATP Challenger Tour (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 28 February 2016 Cherbourg, France Hard (i)   Aldin Šetkić  Ken Skupski
 Neal Skupski
6–4, 3–6, [6–10]

Performance timelinesEdit

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Current through the 2020 Paris Masters.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A Q2 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R 0 / 4 5–5
French Open A A 1R Q3 A 1R 2R 2R 0 / 4 2–4
Wimbledon A A Q2 1R A 1R 1R NH 0 / 3 0–3
US Open A 1R 2R 1R A 1R 2R 1R 0 / 6 2–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–4 3–4 3–3 0 / 18 9–18
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A Q1 A 4R 1R 4R NH 0 / 3 6–3
Miami Open Q1 A Q1 3R 2R 2R A NH 0 / 3 4–3
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A Q1 NH 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid Open A A A A A A A NH 0 / 0 0–0
Italian Open A A A A A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Canadian Open A A A A A 1R Q2 NH 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A QF A 0 / 1 3–1
Shanghai Masters A A Q1 A A A Q2 NH 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 4–2 1–3 6–4 2–2 0 / 12 15–12
National representation
Davis Cup A A PO 1R 1R PO GS A 0 / 2 5–4
Career statistics
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Career
Tournaments 0 1 5 12 7 12 21 11 61
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 1 1 / 2
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 3–5 10–12 9–9 10–11 19–20 14–12 65–70
Year-end ranking 442 166 117 100 166 75 73 48%

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score YN Rank
1.   Kei Nishikori No. 5 Cincinnati, USA Hard 2R 7–6(7–2), 6-4 77
2.   Gaël Monfils No. 10 Davis Cup Finals, Madrid, Spain Hard (i) GS 7–5, 6–2 73


  1. ^ a b ATP World Tour Profile
  2. ^ ATP Profile
  3. ^ ITF Juniors Profile
  4. ^ "Nishioka earns Japan's first men's singles tennis gold at Asian Games in 40 years". TheJapanTimes. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Delray Beach Open Yoshihito Nishioka has emulated Kei Nishikori's progress in Florida". skySPORTS. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Teenagers Yoshihito Nishioka and Chung Hyeon maintain Asian US Open presence". SPORT360°. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Nishioka Wins In Toyota For Second Challenger Crown". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  8. ^ "NISHIOKA, HAN WIN AUSTRALIAN OPEN WILDCARDS". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Bellucci Makes Triumphant Challenger Return In Braunschweig". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Nishioka Records Breakthrough Semi In Atlanta". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Yoshihito Nishioka – Player Activity". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Azarenka, Kuznetsova missing from AO lists". Tennis.life. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  14. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/andy-murray-yoshihito-nishioka-us-open-result-draw-five-set-fightback-a9700116.html

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