10 Apr 2013

Sun set to rise in Japan

News Article

By Nick Fishpool

Oiso, Japan - 2011

OISO, JAPAN: The final weekend of April see the sun rise on the first Asian tournament of 2013 staged on the ITF Beach Tennis Tour with the Japanese town of Oiso playing host to a Grade 4 tournament.

Appearing on the calendar for the third successive year, this tournament has been dominated for the past two years by three players - Yukiko Nakamura, Tomomi Takahashi and Kotaro Aizawa.

Aizawa, like his female counterparts, has been the champion for the last two years. In 2011 he was successful with Toshiya Takahashi and last year the title was won playing alongside Naoaki Yamamoto.

The defending champions are all highly ranked players on the ITF Beach Tennis Tour; Nakamura and Takahashi are ranked at No. 28 and No. 14 respectively with Aizawa and Yamamoto holding a joint current ranking of No. 23 making them the Japanese men's No. 1's. Takahashi is the top ranked female player from Japan and the fourth highest non-Italian player.

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