The TV documentary about Kei last night was very interesting.
Sure, it was targeted not only at tennis fans but also at those who don't know much about tennis, but it included Kei's new interview and comments from Ai Sugiyama, Monica Seles, Nick Bollettieri and all the Kei's coaches and staff, and his first coach when he was still a kid, and Japan's junior Davis Cup captain. There were also repeats of many interviews of star players including Nadal, Federer, Ferrer, etc., when they talked about Kei, as well as words from former pros and journalists. Shuzo Matsuoka and actor Ken Ishiguro were the hosts.
The programme started with a brif summary of how he developed as a promising tennis kid and his years at the Bollettieris. Then the wrap up of the 2008 season with focuses upon Delray Beach, Queens, Wimbledon and USO.
It also gave analysis on what his strength as a player are and what he needs to do to improve (mostly physical aspects).
As is often the case with these programmes, there were lots of overhyping, but you can't help it. All in all, it was quite a good documentary I thought.
Some trivia about Kei from the programme:
* The Paul Smith notebook he was looking at during breaks at USO (that one with Union Jack on the cover) is a gift from his sister.
* The music he often listens on his Walkman is Japanese pop music. His favourite artists are pop group Mr. Children and singer Yui. (Mr. Children, or Misuchiru, is a very popular group in Japan but they're not exactly a favourite among youngsters in Kei's generation. Apparently it's his father's influence that he became their fan, according to what I read some time ago.)
* His favourite Japanese food are shabushabu and ramen noodles.