Takao Suzuki

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Takao Suzuki
鈴木貴男
Takao Suzuki2008.jpg
Country  Japan
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Born (1976-09-20) 20 September 1976 (age 37)
Sapporo, Japan
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 1995
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $716,820 (4 November 2013)
Singles
Career record 50-46
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 102 (23 November 1998)
Current ranking No. 931 (4 November 2013)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2005)
French Open Q3 (1998, 2002)
Wimbledon 2R (2003)
US Open 1R (1999, 2004)
Doubles
Career record 31-38
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 119 (7 November 2005)
Current ranking NR (4 November 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2005)
French Open DNP
Wimbledon Q1 (1998)
US Open Q1 (1998)
Other Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (1996)
Last updated on: 7 November 2013.
Takao Suzuki
Medal record
Tennis
Competitor for  Japan
Asian Games
Gold 2002 Busan Team Event
Bronze 2002 Busan Men's Singles
Silver 2006 Doha Team Event
Bronze 2010 Guangzhou Team Event
For the Japanese sociolinguist, see Takao Suzuki (sociolinguist).

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

Tennis career[edit]

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]

References[edit]

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

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