Kei Nishikori, who recently teamed up with Brad Gilbert, has told media that his family back home in Japan have come through yesterdays 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami unscathed. He has, however, said that while the damage in his hometown area is not significant, elsewhere the damage is catastophic.
More than 1000 people are thought to have died after the huge earthquake shook buildings violently in Toyko and other smaller Japanese cities and rural areas. After the earthquake came a series of huge waves that annihilated small towns, ripping houses from their foundations and sweeping cars away as people desperately tried to escape.Japanese officials are now racing to cool down a nuclear reactor.
While Kei lost his match against Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 after just over two and a half hours of play, he was quick to dismiss the earthquake as a reason for the loss.
“I talked to them this morning and they were fine. My town was okay. It wasn’t too bad. But around Tokyo and others, it’s bad.
I was shocked yesterday and today, but I have to concentrate on my game. I don’t think it affect me, but maybe inside my heart I was thinking a little bit. It was okay.”
Nishikori said that while earthquakes “happen a lot in Japan especially. I knew it was going to happen sometime in a hundred years, but I didn’t know it’s going to happen like soon, like yesterday. Suddenly it came and so I don’t think everybody was ready.”
Kimiko Date-Krumm has also expressed her shock at yesterdays events. “I saw the news and it is very horrible and I am very sorry to everybody.I am still in shock. I hope there isn’t anything else coming.” Kimiko played the last scheduled match at Indian Wells yesterday. She was beated 6-4, 6-2 by Ana Ivanovic