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Which Japanese player do you think has the best prospect for future success?

Hokit
08-15-2005, 12:05 AM
When I said "future success", I meant something along the lines of a regular top-5 ranking, plenty of TMS titles and/or a GS victory (in the singles, not just the doubles).

I read in an article in 'The Japan Times', which had an interview with Nick Bollettieri. He mentioned that he's got two prospective guys training at a facility he's funding: Genki Tomita and Kei Nishikori. Both are around 14 or 15, I think, and he's made a point with Nishikori's aggressive attacking game which he thinks will become a crucial weapon for him.

Opinions?

chewy
08-26-2005, 07:37 AM
i wish all d japanese players success, but which one has the best prospect i have no idea coz i dont know enough abt them :unsure: , i havn't heard of the names u mention though its good for japanese tennis(n tennis overall) that they're funding younger players. some new blood from asia is always a good thing, i'd love to see more asians in d top100 in d near future.

Takao Suzuki's probably the only japanese player i know. :scratch:

Papakori
08-26-2005, 11:48 PM
I hope Go Soeda has success, I think he is an interesting player :)

Cindy19
08-27-2005, 04:13 AM
:shrug: i know some japanese players, but i can't understand their names in English...
you see山杉爱,浅越忍...
do you understand?

Sailor
08-28-2005, 10:10 PM
It is said that Takahiro Ittogi is the brightest hope.
Kei Nishikori seems to be good too.
But whether they will have success at big tourneys on regular basis is another question.

and Cindy, I can understand those names you wrote. Thank you.
杉山愛 = Ai Sugiyama
浅越しのぶ(not 忍) = Shinobu Asagoe

Hokit
08-29-2005, 02:28 AM
:shrug: i know some japanese players, but i can't understand their names in English...
you see山杉爱,浅越忍...
do you understand?

The first one's Ai Sugiyama. I'm not sure about the second one, but I'm positive the characters are supposed to read "浅越しのぶ" (Asagoe Shinobu).

Both are WTA players, and both have done relatively well, though not fantastic.

Sailor: I have not heard much about Ittogi. Can you tell me a bit more about his game?

Here's the article I read on Nishikori and Tomita:

Top coach Bollettieri backhands rule changes

By JOHN MAYLAM
Staff writer

The Japan Times: In Japan we have some talented female players in Ai Sugiyama and Shinobu Asagoe but there is a definite lack of high-profile male players.

Nick Bollettieri: There are some coming. Japan has three great players coming and we think one of them could be a top 10 player in the world.

Among the boys, we have Genki Tomita and Kei Nishikori and a great young female prospect in Fumiaki Kita.

Nishikori, who is 15, could be a sensation. He hits the ball hard, has an attacking style, is mentally strong and can do anything with the ball. Recently he had a practice session with Tommy Haas (top German pro) and Kei gave him such a run around that Tommy ended up getting pissed off.

The Japan Times: What have been the problems in Japanese tennis to date?

Nick Bolletieri: Well, the Japanese players have been very stoic. Take your girls -- basically they like that baseline. Even though they play pretty good doubles, they like that baseline. Unless you are an unbelievable baseliner with a huge serve, it is tough to win just from the baseline.

I also think their whole background has been one of conservatism. Not flamboyant, afraid to take gambles.

I also think that the coaching here is starting to improve. More depth in coaching.

Further, training Japanese players just in their own country is a little limiting. They need to test themselves against different styles of play to learn to adjust their games. They need more exposure.

The president of Sony, Masaoki Morita, is doing a lot to help the game here, by sponsoring kids.

The Japan Times: Why did you choose Tachibana Tennis Academy to hold this seminar?

Nick Bollettieri: First of all, I think that Hideki Ishii, the head coach out here, is an outstanding teaching pro and is very dedicated. Also, it is a great facility right in the hub of town and made it easy to give a seminar like this.

The Japan Times: Why are you focused on kids in Japan and what do you hope to achieve here? Could you tell us a bit about your vision?

Nick Bollettieri: I had a very interesting meeting with the Professor of the Nippon Sport Science University and president of the Japan Professional Tennis Association, Isao Watanabe. I believe that this meeting will be a major step forward in the coaching of tennis in Japan.

My coaching partner, Gabe Jaramillo, and I have two objectives: Get more people to play the game with one program; and then develop champions as a second program.

The Japan Times: So do you think we could have a Japanese Wimbledon champion in the future?

Nick Bollittieri: Within five years, we believe that one of the boys at the academy right now can be a top 10 player. Anytime you have a top 10 player, you have a chance of reaching another level.

I can't say whether you will have a Wimbledon champion, but I believe that within the next five years, Japan could have some players in the top 10 in the world. Once you do that, the whole ball game changes.

But you need a big winner. We got to have a winner.

The Japan Times: Like the Russian women . . . suddenly there one or two Russian champions and now they are coming out of the woodwork. Also 15 years ago, the Swedish men started to suddenly produce champions . . .

Nick Bollittieri: Exactly!

Like (Mats) Wilander and all the guys. But we have to have some big winners to excite. In order to have those winners, we need more depth in the coaching, more sponsorship, more flexibility and we have to have more of a system like our system in the academy.

There are no guarantees, but if you put all of these things together, you have a chance.

Japan is not lacking good athletes -- this was clear in the Olympic Games. The Japanese may not be big in stature but they are good athletes and therefore need to be taught not to have any weaknesses in their game.

They need to be taught how to play a total game -- bigger forehands, bigger serves -- you can't just play from the baseline.

Finally, I would like to say that following the meeting I had tonight, I am hoping that very soon, I can make a major impact with a Japanese player and help all the coaches in the country.

For information on the Tachibana Tennis Academy, contact: 045-580-3130 or Fax: 045-580-3160

The Japan Times: Nov. 12, 2004

Sailor
08-29-2005, 10:12 AM
Sailor: I have not heard much about Ittogi. Can you tell me a bit more about his game?

Hi, Hokit. I also don't know much about his game. He will play AIG Japan Open this year with a wildcard, so if I had a chance to watch him, I might be able to say something later. Here's a brief profile (written in Japanese). http://www.ki-enta.jp/profile/athlete/ittogi.html

Papakori
08-29-2005, 10:41 AM
Thanks Sailor :)

Cindy19
08-29-2005, 12:23 PM
That's great that you can understand me Hokit and Sailor!!!!
and i want to say a li a do, haha =)

Papakori
09-04-2005, 06:25 PM
I heard about Nishikori the other day also,

I think that possibly he could be Japan's leading male. I also heard of another Japanese junior, aged 15 like Nishikori called Kento. I forgot his last name.

I hope Japan can have a top male player in the game soon!

chewy
09-05-2005, 10:36 AM
is any of mentioned players 'Kento Takeuchi'?
he is in d uso boys draw.

Cindy19
09-05-2005, 12:03 PM
???i have no idea about that...
and i like Japanese football team, and that guy's name is 田中达也, i don't know how to spell his name in English nor Japanese

Papakori
09-05-2005, 03:44 PM
is any of mentioned players 'Kento Takeuchi'?
he is in d uso boys draw.
Yes, I think Takeuchi out of the japanese players is the highest yet he seems to be forgotten more

Papakori
09-08-2005, 05:33 PM
Nishikori is doing well in the boys juniors, into the US open quarters and playing Chardy :)

Hokit
09-10-2005, 06:04 AM
???i have no idea about that...
and i like Japanese football team, and that guy's name is 田中达也, i don't know how to spell his name in English nor Japanese

田中达也 = Tanaka Tatsuya.

I haven't heard of the guy, though I'm not a football fan...

Hokit
09-10-2005, 06:05 AM
Nishikori is doing well in the boys juniors, into the US open quarters and playing Chardy :)

I did not have the chance to see much of the Juniors matches.

How is Nishikori's game?

Papakori
09-10-2005, 09:17 AM
I didn't see much myself, but I think he plays from the baseline, I may be wrong.

He is only 15 and I think Nishikori could be one of the best

Papakori
09-27-2005, 08:39 PM
Go Soeda is playing Puerta in Vietnam!

I hope he can win, Go is my favourite japanese player!

chewy
09-28-2005, 03:12 AM
japanese ppl have really cool names, 'Go Soeda'!! :p

Papakori
09-28-2005, 03:47 PM
Go lost in 3 sets like 6-4 6-7 4-6 :sad:

Papakori
11-05-2005, 10:56 AM
I decided to bump this up, because I am about to see how Nishikori is progressing in the junior ranks

Papakori
11-05-2005, 11:01 AM
33) AIDA, Sho
48) NISHIKORI, Kei
71) UZAWA, Shuhei
73) TAKEUCHI, Kento

:D I hope we will see some of these players in the top 120 of the ATP rankings, I want a good Japanese ATP male to support :)

chewy
11-05-2005, 11:14 AM
yeah, at d moment japan is really lacking top players in atp. their highest ranked player is outside top 200...i feel korea is also lacking good up n comers, after hyung taik lee their nxt highest ranked player is like in d 300s.
so hopfully d juniors can make a good transition to pro tour on atp.

Papakori
11-05-2005, 01:25 PM
yes,

I believe that Go Soeda has the talent to be top 100, look at how he pushed Puerta in Vietnam and a good match in Tokyo but although I have never seen him play, I think maybe he chokes a bit

chewy
11-20-2005, 07:42 AM
find em in main draw in diff challengers for nxt week, good luck to these japanese players. :)

ZENTIVA CZECH INDOOR OPEN
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Suzuki, Takao JPN

OPEN DE LA VILLE DE SAINT DENIS SAINTE
CLOTILDE, REUNION ISLAND

Motomura, Gouichi JPN
Sugiyama, Norikazu JPN

Papakori
11-20-2005, 08:54 AM
Thanks Chewy :)

Papakori
11-20-2005, 08:55 AM
Actually, I have noticed that all these Japanese players, none of them are young they are normally in their late 20's. The only young one with success I can think of is Go Soeda who is 21

Papakori
11-20-2005, 08:56 AM
he also has his own website:

www.go-soeda.com

chewy
11-20-2005, 12:28 PM
Actually, I have noticed that all these Japanese players, none of them are young they are normally in their late 20's. The only young one with success I can think of is Go Soeda who is 21

thats true, altho asians tends to b late bloomers so they miight surprise some ppl. ;) i hope japans new generation will become a force in mens tennis soon.

chewy
11-20-2005, 12:30 PM
n thz for postin his website, he actually hav n official website in english already.

chewy
11-20-2005, 12:31 PM
oh my mistake d contains is mainly in japanese hahaha

Papakori
11-21-2005, 12:57 PM
n thz for postin his website, he actually hav n official website in english already.
I have actually noticed that lots of Japanese sport stars have official websites:

Go Soeda, Takao Suzuki and womens tennis players Aiko Nakamura, Rika Fujiwara, Akiko Morigami, Shinobu Asagoe and Ai Sugiyama all have official websites

chewy
11-22-2005, 07:59 AM
i didnt know suzuki hav a site...im gonna check it out.

Papakori
11-22-2005, 04:36 PM
I think he does...

Papakori
11-22-2005, 04:37 PM
Ok, I can't find it now but I swear I went on it once :confused:

chewy
11-23-2005, 12:27 PM
nvm thomas, havnt any chance to look for his site yet. my comp still not working...im borrowing my bros laptop to surf mtf...

btw i find more players in d same challenger as the japanese players i mention b4, i dont know them maybe u hav heard of them?

hijiri kaneko...he lost in 1st rd. 6-0 6-0 :eek:
hiroshi fukaumi...was a qualifier but also lost in 1st rd 6-1 6-1 :eek:

Motomura, Gouichi, Sugiyama, Norikazu both won 1st rd :)

Papakori
11-23-2005, 03:36 PM
Never heard of them

Well done men though!

Papakori
12-31-2005, 10:48 AM
good luck in 2006 Japan :)

chewy
01-27-2006, 04:08 PM
was keeping progress on Kei Nishikori, got to the QFs in singles n beating no.4 seed on d way. still alive in doubles playing SF 2moro. good luck to him!

new asian hopes?

chewy
01-27-2006, 04:12 PM
hes playing in jnr's ofcourse