Shuzo Matsuoka

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Shuzo Matsuoka
Country (sports)  Japan
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Born (1967-11-06) 6 November 1967 (age 50)
Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1998
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,117,112
Official website
Career record 145–163
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 46 (6 July 1992)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1989)
French Open 2R (1992, 1993)
Wimbledon QF (1995)
US Open 2R (1988, 1990, 1993)
Career record 28–44
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 95 (16 January 1989)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1989)
US Open 1R (1988)

Shuzo Matsuoka (松岡 修造, Matsuoka Shūzō, born 6 November 1967) is a retired Japanese professional tennis player. A former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, Matsuoka won one singles title during his career, in Seoul in 1992. In the same year, he reached a career-high ranking of World No. 46.

Professional career[edit]

Matsuoka turned professional in 1986. In 1989, he finished runner-up in the top-level tournament at Wellington, and captured the doubles title in Auckland. 1991 saw Matsuoka achieve his career-best Masters result, when he reached the quarter-finals of the 1991 Canada Masters in Montreal, beating Michael Chang in a dramatic 3-set battle en route.

In 1992, Matsuoka became the first Japanese player to win a singles event on the ATP Tour when he captured the title in Seoul. He was also runner-up at the prestigious grass court tournament at Queen's Club that year.

Matsuoka's best performance at a Grand Slam event came at Wimbledon in 1995, where he reached the quarter-finals, beating Karel Nováček, Mark Knowles, Javier Frana and Michael Chang before being knocked down by Pete Sampras. Matsuoka won the first set but Sampras came back to win 6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2.

At the US Open in 1995, Matsuoka was left writhing in pain on court after being struck severely by Pete Sampras during his first round match against him. The rules at the time meant that Matsuoka would have forfeited the match if he had gotten medical attention, so he was left to suffer until he was defaulted for delaying the match. The incident led to a change in the rules of professional tennis to allow players to receive medical treatment during matches.

Matsuoka's career-high rankings were World No. 46 in singles (in 1992) and World No. 95 in doubles (in 1989). His career prize-money earnings totalled $1,117,112. He retired from the professional tour in April 1998.

Post retirement[edit]

Since his retirement from tennis Matsuoka has become a popular television sports commentator in Japan. He hosts the "Shuzo Challenge", an annual tennis camp for young children by the JTA. Kei Nishikori, former World No. 4 and Japanese No. 1, attended the camp when he was 12 years old.

Known for his passionate and energetic character, Matsuoka has also appeared in numerous variety programs, as well as in a cameo role for a television drama series. In 2008 Matsuoka was featured in ten television commercials, tying him with Takuya Kimura for the celebrity to be featured in the greatest number of Japanese television commercials that year.

He has become something of an internet meme on video sharing websites such as Nico Nico Douga and YouTube, where users create MAD Movies out of videos found on the front page of his official site.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Matsuoka married former TV Tokyo announcer Emiko Taguchi in 1998, and has three children. His father, Isao Matsuoka, is chairman of Toho Co., Ltd., the Japanese film studio known for its Godzilla movies as well as numerous Akira Kurosawa films.

Singles titles (1)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the Final Score in the Final
1. 1992 South Korea Seoul Hard Australia Todd Woodbridge 6–3, 4–6, 7–5


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