The game has seen a surge in interest during the pandemic, with children and adults alike dusting off their boards or joining online communities.
For Joel Tansey's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
With thousands of Thai students defying government attempts to halt pro-democracy rallies, many see Pavin Chachavalpongpun as an inspiration for change.
News editor Joel Tansey discusses the impact of Naomi Osaka’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement both in the U.S. and Japan, and what a new wave of activism in sports might mean for next summer's Tokyo Olympics.
Naomi Osaka completed a nearly flawless two weeks of tennis with a tight three-set win over Victoria Azarenka to capture her third major title.
Osaka overcame American Jennifer Brady at Arthur Ashe Stadium to set up a potential third Grand Slam title, two years after capturing her first at the same tournament.
The 17-year-old Kawasaki native, who broke a 50-year grand slam drought for Japanese boys last year, is turning heads with his impressive net play.
Yoshihito Nishioka, Japan's No. 2 men's player, told The Japan Times he thinks it's too early for tennis to resume in light of a spate of positive COVID-19 tests.
Which Japanese convenience store is best and why? That's the question Newspick's Yuzuha Oka and The Japan Times' Chris Russell, Joel Tansey and Oscar Boyd attempt to answer.
Yoshihito Nishioka didn't mince words when asked about his goals for the 2020 tennis season. "My first goal is making the Olympics," he told The Japan Times last week. "To play in the Olympics in my home country ... I don't want to miss it." In ...
Asked to select the female player under 25 who is likely to have the best career, American tennis legend Chris Evert hesitates, hums and haws before coming up with her answer. "I'm looking at Naomi Osaka's name right here. I think Naomi," she told reporters ...