No. 5 Seed Tennis Pro Kei Nishikori Unwinds with Dragon Quest

posted on by Carlos Cadorniga

Even a professional sports player answers the call of the controller from time to time.

After making it all the way to the quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open, Japanese professional tennis player Kei Nishikori will probably use some of his downtime to catch up on some sorely-missed Dragon Quest. According to a recent interview, the 25-year-old spends much of his holiday away from the tennis scene at home, with time dedicated to the Square Enix J-RPG series.

"I'm addicted to Dragon Quest," he said during the interview when asked about what he does during his rest period.

Back in March, he blogged about enjoying one of the more recent installments, Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below, with a screenshot of a cut-scene from the game. Despite his apparent love for the game, he still finds time to practice his tennis skills during lunch and enjoy some of his mother's cooking. Even as a tennis pro, this player still takes advantage of his youth by indulging in far simpler pleasures.

In the tennis scene, Nishikori is a marvel for being the first Japanese man to compete in the French Open quarterfinals in eight decades. Unfortunately, he was blocked from the finals after a loss against French Player Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.

Nishikori has been the subject of professional fan art in the past courtesy of The Prince of Tennis creator Takeshi Konomi. Konomi has even provided commentary on Nishikori's performance at the 2015 Australian Open.

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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