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Yosuke Watanuki
綿貫 陽介
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceSaitama, Japan
Born (1998-04-12) 12 April 1998 (age 21)
Saitama, Japan
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2016 (age 17)
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
CoachBob Brett
Prize money$33,090
Singles
Career record0-0
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 343 (13 November 2017)
Current rankingNo. 349 (18 February 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open JuniorQF (2016)
French Open Junior1R (2015, 2016)
Wimbledon Junior3R (2015, 2016)
US Open JuniorSF (2016)
Doubles
Career record0-1
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 726 (5 February 2018)
Current rankingNo. 731 (18 February 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open Junior2R (2015)
French Open Junior2R (2015)
Wimbledon JuniorQF (2016)
US Open JuniorSF (2015)
Last updated on: 18 February 2018.

Yosuke Watanuki, born April 12th, 1998, is a 19-year old Japanese professional tennis player. He achieved his career high ranking on the ATP Challenger Tour, the second highest tier of international professional competition, when he reached No. 343 in November 2017. While on the junior tour, Watanuki attained a "career high combined ranking of 2." He has won the 2016 Campeonato Internacional Junevnil de Tenis de Porto Alegre, in Brazil. In a matter of 6 months, Watanuki rose more than 300 spots in rankings for singles.[1] Although he is ranked 731 in doubles,[2] Yosuke recently made it to the semi-finals of the East Hotel Canberra Challenger with his partner Zhe Li in January 2018. His career high ranking for doubles is 726, reached on February 5, 2018.[2] He recently played in the Ningbo and Kobe Challengers where he lost in the quarterfinals in October and November 2017.[3] Last July, he won the Chinese Taipei F2, a tournament in the third tier of International competition, earning him 27 points. He currently has no career titles.[3]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Yosuke Watanuki started playing tennis at just 3 years old when his father, Hirotsugu, and his brothers, Yusuke and Keisuke were playing.[4] His brothers are also both currently professional tennis players, ranked 847[5] and 1451,[6] respectively. Growing up, his role models on the ATP world tour were Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori, the latter of which is from his native country.[4]

About[edit | edit source]

Yosuke is the son of Hirotsugu and Chizuru Watanuki. His favorite surface to play tennis on is hard court, while his favorite shot is his forehand,[4] which he has called his "weapon".[7] His favorite tournament is Tokyo, which, not coincidentally, is 40 minutes away from Saitama, Japan, where he was born, raised, and currently lives. He is right-handed and has a two-handed backhand. As for hobbies, he likes driving, sleeping, and obviously, playing and watching tennis. He says that if he wasn't a tennis player he would go to college and get an education, which is one of the disadvantages of going onto the tour at a young age.[4] In 2018, his total prize money is $1,590, and his total career prize money is $33,090.[8] His coach is Bob Brett,[2] an Australian man who has been coaching some of the greatest tennis players of all time, including Boris Becker and Marin Cilic, for 24 years. Bob Brett founded a tennis academy in San Remo, Italy, which is one of the places where Watanuki practices along with Ariake, Japan.[4] He is coaching Watanuki on things like "technique, mentality, and how to get the win". He commends Watanuki on his passion, his athleticism, his skills, and his progress.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Yosuke Watanuki".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Yosuke Watanuki". ATP World Tour. ATP Tour. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Yosuke Watanuki". ATP World Tour. ATP Tour. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Yosuke Watanuki". ATP World Tour. ATP Tour. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  5. "Yusuke Watanuki". ATP World Tour. ATP World Tour. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  6. "Keisuke Watanuki". ATP World Tour. ATP World Tour. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Japanese Teen Watanuki On The Rise Under Bob Brett (Youtube). ATPWorldTour. October 20, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  8. "Yosuke Watanuki". ATP World Tour. ATP Tour. Retrieved January 14, 2018.


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