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Nishikori earns grand cash, if not Slams

Updated: May 11, 2009, 11:40 AM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the May 18 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Kei Nishikori is ranked No. 120 in the world and has won just one ATP title and $413,257 in prize money in two-plus years on the tour. Yet the Japanese 19-year-old earns endorsement cash worthy of a superstar in his home country, where he is a certified celebrity. What gives?

What gives is that Nishikori is Japan's greatest hope in tennis -- no Japanese player has ever won a Grand Slam singles title, and ...

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