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For Joel Tansey's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Yoshihito Nishioka and Go Soeda target Olympic berths

Tennis Feb 15, 2020

Yoshihito Nishioka and Go Soeda target Olympic berths

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 ...

Osaka to face young guns at Australian Open

Tennis Jan 19, 2020

Osaka to face young guns at Australian Open

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 ...

Expectations make it tough on former No. 1 Naomi Osaka

Tennis Jul 2, 2019

Expectations make it tough on former No. 1 Naomi Osaka

Facing break point at 2-2 in the second set, Naomi Osaka fired a flat, roughly 180 kph serve to Yulia Putintseva's backhand, seemingly handcuffing her tricky Kazakh opponent. Putintseva made an almost apologetic stab at the return that floated over the net and was called ...

Naomi Osaka returns to hunter role at Wimbledon

Tennis Jun 30, 2019

Naomi Osaka returns to hunter role at Wimbledon

A shocking coaching change, off-court distractions, the pressure of added expectations as world No. 1: There's no one-size-fits-all explanation for Naomi Osaka's struggles since winning the Australian Open. All three were among the reasons American tennis legends and commentators Chris Evert and John McEnroe cited ...

Kei Nishikori faces daunting challenge against 'King of Clay'

Tennis Jun 4, 2019

Kei Nishikori faces daunting challenge against 'King of Clay'

Robin Soderling. Novak Djokovic. Kei Nishikori? The native of Shimane Prefecture on Tuesday will attempt to join one of the most exclusive clubs in tennis: Players who have beaten Rafael Nadal at the French Open. The Spanish legend is an other-worldly 90-2 on the red clay ...

Clay a big challenge for Naomi Osaka

Tennis May 25, 2019

Clay a big challenge for Naomi Osaka

It's been 10 months since a woman other than Naomi Osaka hoisted a Grand Slam singles trophy, but if the star is to make it three majors in a row she's going to have to do something she hasn't done at any level as ...