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Midori Yamamoto, a member of Kwansei Gakuin University Tennis Team, turns pro

Public Relations Office        April 2, 2014

Midori Yamamoto

Midori Yamamoto

Midori Yamamoto, a member of the Kwansei Gakuin University Tennis Team and fourth-year student at the School of Human Welfare Studies, was officially approved as a professional tennis player by the Japan Tennis Association and began her professional career on April 1.

She is planning not only to enter professional tennis events, but also to help improve the level of collegiate tennis by participating in the Universiade, an international multi-sport event for university athletes, including professionals, organized by the International University Sports Federation.

She already played in a professional tennis event in Turkey in February. She is small in stature, but she became confident about playing tennis as a professional after proving that her favorite stroke could beat her American and European opponents who were over 180 cm tall.

Yamamoto began to play tennis when she was in the third grade of elementary school. When she was at junior high school, she won Japan’s junior high school championships team title for two consecutive years. When she was a student at Sonoda Gakuen High School, famous for its tennis team, she won the doubles and team titles in Japan’s high school championships.

After she enrolled at Kwansei Gakuin University, she aimed for a singles title, something that she had never won before. She made great efforts to keep standing on the podium. When she was a first-year student, she won a Japan doubles title. As the ace, she also contributed to her team’s first-ever three consecutive Kansai Intercollegiate Tennis League Championships titles and the team’s two consecutive second place titles in the All Japan Intercollegiate Tennis Championships. Finally, in December last year, she achieved her long-sought goal of winning a singles title at the All Japan Collegiate Indoor Tennis Championships, the most prestigious collegiate tennis event in Japan. When she won the title, she decided to turn pro, with tears of joy.

She demonstrated her fighting spirit by saying, “I’ll be Japan’s number one professional and will also obtain a high world ranking in the future.”