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Biofile Yoshihito Nishioka Interview

By Scoop Malinowski

Status:  ATP ranked no. 36 (career best). Winner of two ATP singles titles. 

Ht:   5-7   Wt: 145

DOB:  September 27, 1995  In:   Tsu, Japan

First Tennis Memory: “I remember I play tournament, I think first time tournament, I was seven years old maybe, with mom. It’s doubles. I remember that tournament.”

Last Book Read: “Actually I don’t read. I read only Manga (Japanese comics).”

Current Car: “I cannot drive. I don’t have license.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “Shuzo (Matsuoka).”

Greatest Career Moment: “[Pause]…I have so many memories…maybe…maybe when I got gold medal in Asian Games.”

Most Painful Moment: “Worst moment…that’s a tough question. I don’t know what was the worst. Maybe I forgot everything [laughs].”

Favorite Sport Outside Tennis: “I love soccer.”

Funniest Player: “I love Marcelo Rios. (Why?) Because he’s very talented on the court so I love to watch him.”

Embarrassing Tennis Memory: “It’s not professional tennis but when I was a junior I was winning 5-0 and then opponent coming back (and won) thirteen games in a row [smiles]. Then I lost. The kid was trying the same thing but I cannot get a game. I was up 5-0 and then down 57 06. In Japan tournament.”

Favorite Meal: “Japanese food, it’s called Yakinuki (grilled meat cuisine).”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Chocolate mint.”

Why Do You Love Tennis: “In the beginning my dad start in tennis. So that’s why I play tennis. But…I don’t know why. I didn’t think of why I love tennis but I love to, like, battle the opponent. It’s not fighting but it’s using everything, skill, speed, power. And then if I beat the opponent I’m very happy. And then if I lost I’m gonna be mad. But I’m gonna think why I lost. So I like the challenge.”

Tennis Inspirations: “First one – Nadal. And then second one – Verdasco. And now it’s Rios.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “One is very kind for the people to the other person. And then other one maybe funny. Funny people.”

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  • GameSetAndMath · December 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    He is a feisty player. Hope, he comes back healthy and has a good year.

  • Scoop Malinowski · December 28, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Gamesetandmoth; I hope Nishioka goes to top five and eventually no. 1. If any player under 5-10 can do it, Nishioka can. This guy has magic in his eyes, hands and feet. Put a beatdown on Berdych in IW from 16 15 down – I don't think Fed or Rafa could even do that. Took Rafa to a first set tiebreaker in the first match they played. Fed could not even do that 🙂 Fed lost 36 36 to Rafa in Miami the first time they played.

  • catherine · December 29, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Off topic but just seen news that Djokovic’s elbow is playing up in Abu Dhabi. If this isn’t sorted I can see his career ending.

  • Scoop Malinowski · December 29, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    Maybe the elbow is a over because he's lost his mojo and his aura of invincibility and with all the hard work it did not come back as he hoped?

  • catherine · December 29, 2017 at 8:15 am

    It’s possible his elbow needs surgery and not just rest, which of course is serious.

    Elbow injury cut short Tony Roche’s career.

  • Scoop Malinowski · December 29, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Scoop Malinowski writes:

    A lot of mileage on that Djokovic body, all those long physical matches from his dominant years could be catching up with him.

  • Hartt · December 29, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Andy will play a one set exhibition match against Bautista Agut. It will be interesting to see how his hip is.



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