Osamu Ishiguro (石黒修, Ishiguro Osamu, 12 August 1936 – 9 November 2016) was a tennis player from Japan.[1][2]

Osamu Ishiguro
Country (sports)Japan Japan
Born(1936-08-12)12 August 1936
Nagasaki, Japan
Died9 November 2016(2016-11-09) (aged 80)
PlaysRight-handed
Singles
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1965)
French Open2R (1964)
Wimbledon3R (1963)
US Open2R (1963)
Osamu Ishiguro
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Men's Tennis
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1966 Bangkok Men's Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1962 Jakarta Men's Singles

CareerEdit

At the 1962 Asian Games, in Jakarta, Ishiguro won a singles bronze medal.

Ishiguro had wins over Ingo Buding and Keith Carpenter in the 1963 Wimbledon Championships, to make the third round, where he lost to Jaidip Mukerjea in straight sets.[3]

He was a quarter-finalist at the Queen's Club Championships in 1964. En route he managed a surprise win over American Frank Froehling, who had been a finalist in the previous year's US Championships.[4]

In 1965, Ishiguro became the first post-war Japanese player to win a match at the Australian Championships, defeating Colin Stubs in the first round. He then beat Jean-Noel Grinda to progress to the third round, but his run would end there, losing to second seed Fred Stolle.[3]

Ishiguro was a gold medalist at the 1966 Asian Games, beating countryman Ichizo Konishi in the final.[5]

He took part in 17 Davis Cup ties for Japan, from 1958 to 1966.[6] He won 19 of his 38 matches, 15 of those in singles rubbers.[6] He died on 9 November 2016 at the age of 80.[7]

In 1972 he founded the Japan Professional Tennis Association and served as its first board chairman.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

His son is the actor Ken Ishiguro.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ATP Tour Profile
  2. ^ ITF Pro Circuit Profile
  3. ^ a b Tennis Archive Profile
  4. ^ St Petersburg Times, "Teen-Age Whiz Richey Charges On At London", 18 June 1964
  5. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Japanese Davis Cup Ace Ishiguro Retires", 12 January 1967
  6. ^ a b Davis Cup Profile
  7. ^ http://kyodonews.net/news/2016/11/10/87729
  8. ^ "Tennis pioneer Ishiguro dies at 80". Japan Times. 10 November 2016.