Kei Nishikori, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Kei Nishikori among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

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According to a credible source, Kei Nishikori is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the tennis player's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 18/09/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Nishikori for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 29-year-old tennis player, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Nishikori so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the tennis player have already been named ‘Japanese Of The Year’ by some major Japanese newspapers and even ‘Matsue Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Matsue (Kei Nishikori's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the tennis player was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Kei Nishikori Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 17 Sep 2019
“Congrats! Kei has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 17 Sep 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Kei Nishikori?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 17 Sep 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Kei Nishikori?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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