Takao Suzuki (鈴木 貴男, Suzuki Takao, born 20 September 1976 in Sapporo, Japan) is a professional tennis player and a former Japanese No. 1.

Takao Suzuki
鈴木貴男
Takao Suzuki2008.jpg
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceTokyo, Japan
Born (1976-09-20) 20 September 1976 (age 43)
Sapporo, Japan
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1995
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$729,199 (13 July 2017)
Singles
Career record50-46
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 102 (23 November 1998)
Current rankingNo. 966 (29 January 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2005)
French OpenQ3 (1998, 2002)
Wimbledon2R (2003)
US Open1R (1999, 2004)
Doubles
Career record31-38
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 119 (7 November 2005)
Current rankingNo. 960 (3 July 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2005)
WimbledonQ1 (1998)
US OpenQ1 (1998)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1996)
Last updated on: 3 July 2017.

Tennis careerEdit

Suzuki reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 102 in 1998 and has earned nearly three quarters of a million dollars in prize winnings on the ATP Tour. He is well known for his outstanding performances against Roger Federer at the Australian Open in 2005 and the 2006 Tokyo Open. Although Suzuki lost to Federer in straight sets in the former (6–3, 6–4, 6–4), Suzuki challenged Federer in many of the games and put up a close battle in each of the sets he lost.

In 2006, Suzuki injured his shoulder at the Australian Open qualifying tournament in a match against Paul Capdeville and sat out most of the season as a result. He briefly returned to competitive tennis in May in a challenger tournament in South Korea and lost in the quarter finals. In October 2006, Suzuki played in his first International Series event of the year, the Japan Open Tennis Championships held in Tokyo, having received a wildcard into the main draw. Suzuki, ranked World No. 1078 at the time, won surprise victories over 8th seed Paradorn Srichaphan and World No. 126 Alexander Waske en route to his quarter finals berth against Federer. Suzuki once again lost to Federer in three tight sets, 6–4, 5–7, 6–7(3).[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mulligan, James (2006). "Suzuki puts scare in Federer", The Japan Times Online, 7 October 2006.

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