Wheelchair tennis Japan Open Shingo Kunieda wins men’s singles | NHK

On the men’s tennis tour held in Tokyo, the wheelchair division singles final was held and Shingo Kunieda won the tournament for the second time in a row.

On the 8th, 6th day of the Men’s Tour “Japan Open” tournament held in Koto-ku, Tokyo, the wheelchair division singles final was held.

In the final, 38-year-old Kunieda, who won all four Grand Slams and the Paralympic Games in the “Lifetime Golden Slam”, played against 16-year-old Kaito Oda, who ranked fifth in the world.

In the first set, Kunieda displayed a variety of slow, slow shots to win four straight from game six, winning 6-3.

In the second set, Oda fired one hard shot after another to build momentum, while Kunieda won six in a row and lost 2-6.

In the final 3rd set, both teams broke the service game, and the game got tangled in a tie-break, but Kunieda showed a clean shot that hit the course and won 7-6, and the number of sets was 2 to 1. won the 2 hour 27 minute hot battle and won the tournament in a row.

Kunieda ‘I always show my uncle’s power’

In an interview after the match, Kunieda said, “It was a tough final match. Since Oda made her debut on the tour, I thought she would be beaten one day. Several times during the match, I thought, “Is today the day? , I managed to fight back with the feeling that I would still show the power of my uncle and let myself be won a little more.”

Moreover, since last year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo, where he won the gold medal, were held without spectators, he said: “This time I was able to play in front of a full house, and it was a moment when another dream came true.”

Oda “He was my dream partner”

At the post-match press conference, 16-year-old Kaito Oda commented on the match against Shingo Kunieda, which inspired him to start playing wheelchair tennis, saying, “It was a dream match. , a dream place and a dream opponent. I thought about it, but I think I can appreciate the fact that I was able to focus on the game and keep my composure.”

On top of that, “I felt like I was in the ‘zone’ after Kunieda caught the match point. I was able to focus on just hitting the ball, and I think I found a new me. If I had done this from the start, I would have won. I feel it,” he said.

Regarding the tears she shed immediately after the game, she said, “They weren’t tears of frustration, but tears of joy. I was able to perform with passion in front of a large audience, and I’m happy that we could play such a game in Japan.” did.

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