Kei Nishikori is a Japanese tennis player,currently ranked World No. 17 as of September 17, 2012. He qualified for his first ATP main draw event at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, California at the age of 17. Nishikori won the 2004 title at the Riad 2 Tournament in Rabat, Morocco. He partnered with Emiliano Massa to win the 2006 Junior French Open and the next year Nishikori won the 2007 Luxilon Cup held at the 2007 Sony Ericsson Open by defeating Michael McClune. In 2007, he partnered with Donald Young to win the doubles title at Little Rock. In July, he beat Alejandro Falla in the first round, to record his first ATP main-draw win. On 25 March, Nishikori was named 2008 ATP Newcomer of the Year and became the first Asian player to win the award. In 2012, Nishikori made it to the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships after beating Belgian Olivier Rochus.