Tatsuma Ito

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Tatsuma Ito
伊藤 竜馬
Tatsuma Ito, 2015 Wimbledon Qualifying - Diliff.jpg
Full name Tatsuma Ito
Country (sports)  Japan
Born (1988-05-18) 18 May 1988 (age 27)
Inabe, Japan
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Jan Vacek
Prize money $1,065,116[1]
Career record 32–55
Career titles 0
6 Challengers, 7 Futures
Highest ranking No. 60 (22 October 2012)
Current ranking No. 127 (14 September 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2012, 2013)
French Open 1R (2012, 2015)
Wimbledon 1R (2012, 2014)
US Open 2R (2014)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2012)
Career record 3–16
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 312 (09 June 2014)
Current ranking No. 1198 (14 September 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open 1R (2012)
Last updated on: 16 September 2015.
Tatsuma Ito
Medal record
Competitor for  Japan
Men's Tennis
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Singles
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Incheon Team
East Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2009 Hong Kong Singles
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Hong Kong Doubles

Tatsuma Ito (伊藤 竜馬 Itō Tatsuma?, born 18 May 1988) is a Japanese professional tennis player. He has won 6 Challenger tournaments and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 60 in October 2012.[1] Ito reached the quarterfinals of 's-Hertogenbosch and Moscow in 2012 and Newport and Bogota in 2015.


Junior career[edit]

As a junior he compiled a 28–9 win/loss record in singles (and 14–9 in doubles), achieving a combined ranking of No.75 in the world in October 2006.[2]

2007 - 09[edit]

Ito had won six ITF Futures events in Asian countries, and started to play mainly in ATP Challenger Tour since 2008. In November 2009, he reached first challenger final in Toyota, losing to Uladzimir Ignatik with straight sets. In ATP World Tour event, Ito received wildcard for his first ATP main draw at the 2008 Japan Open in Tokyo.


In August, Ito claimed first challenger title in his career at Brasília by beating Izak van der Merwe in the final. After that, he reached third round of qualifying for the second straight year in 2010 US Open before losing to American Robert Kendrick. In later season, Ito earned men's singles bronze medal in 2010 Asian Games at Guangzhou, winning over defending champion Danai Udomchoke of Thailand in quarterfinals. He also earned men's team bronze medal. In Toyota challenger, He defeated his countryman Yuichi Sugita in the final to win second challenger title of the season.


In April, Ito claimed his third challenger title in Recife after Tiago Fernandes withdrew before the finals, and he entered world's top 150 for the first time, climbing to no.133. The next month, he reached the Busan Challenger final. He defeated top seed Lu Yen-hsun in semifinal, but lost to Dudi Sela with three sets.

In American hard court season, Ito recorded his first ATP main draw win in Atlanta, winning over Michael Berrer in the first round. He fell in the second round to eighth seed Somdev Devvarman. He made his debut in Grand Slam tournament at 2011 US Open, losing to 25th seed Feliciano López in the first round. He took part in the Japan Open, and defeat Dudi Sela with three sets to proceed to the second round before losing to Australian Bernard Tomic. At the end of season, he successfully defended his title in Toyota where he beat Sebastian Rieschick in the final.


Ito qualified for the Brisbane International, and got through the opening round against Benjamin Mitchell in straight sets. He received wildcard for 2012 Australian Open, and advanced to second round of the major tournaments for the first time, beating Italian Potito Starace with four sets. He was beaten by Nicolas Mahut in the next round. In March, Ito broke him into the top 100 for the first time, winning the Kyoto Challenger title by beating Malek Jaziri in final.

In spring clay court season, Ito reached the second round in Houston, winning over fellow Japanese Go Soeda. He was defeated by eventual champion Juan Mónaco. He faced world no.4 Andy Murray in the 2012 French Open first round, losing in straight sets.[3] In grass court season, Ito reached the round two in Queen's Club, and made his first ATP quarterfinal in the UNICEF Open. He knocked out third seed Jürgen Melzer on the way, but he eventually lost to Benoît Paire in straight sets. He suffered a first-round loss to Łukasz Kubot in 2012 Wimbledon Championships.

Ito represented Japan at his maiden Olympics in London 2012.[4] He competed in the singles competition, but fell in the first round to Milos Raonic of Canada in straight sets. In 2012 US Open, He lost to Matthew Ebden in opening round. Ito participated in the Japan Open with wildcard, and upset world no.12 Nicolás Almagro in first round.[5] He lost in the second round to Dmitry Tursunov. He reached quarterfinal in the Kremlin Cup to mark his career-high ranking world no.60, beating Roberto Bautista Agut and Konstantin Kravchuk. He lost to eventual champion Andreas Seppi.


Ito opened the season in Brisbane where he lost to qualifier John Millman in first round. He then entered into the 2013 Australian Open main draw, and got revenge over John Millman with five-setter.[6] He was beaten by 28th seed Marcos Baghdatis in second round. After falling in the second round to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Montpellier, Ito competed in Indian Wells to make his Master main-draw debut, losing to Evgeny Donskoy in opening round. In Miami Masters, He also was eliminated in the first round by Olivier Rochus.

In Asian swing, Ito participated in the ATP events of Tokyo and Shanghai, falling in the first round both events. Two weeks later, he reached final in the Melbourne Challenger, losing to top seed Matthew Ebden in three sets.


In grass court season, Ito won through the qualifying at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships by beating Ričardas Berankis from two sets down. He lost to lucky loser Simone Bolelli in the first round. He then participated in Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and got through first round, but retired during the second round match.

Ito qualified for the 2014 US Open, and advanced to second round due to retired by his opponent Steve Johnson with cramping.[7] His run ended by 19th seed Feliciano López in next match. In the Japan Open, Ito was given wildcard, and scored his career biggest win in the first round, beating top seed and reigning Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka with 7-5, 6-2.[8] This was first time ever for him to win over top-5 player. He was beaten by unseeded Benjamin Becker in second round. In ATP Challenger Tour, Ito had reached finals for five times in this season, but he had lost in those all finals.


Ito started the season by playing in Chennai, and reached second round before losing to Guillermo García-López in three sets. After falling to 31st seed Martin Kližan in the 2015 Australian Open first round, he made it to final in the Hong Kong Challenger, being beaten by Kyle Edmund. He competed in the 2015 French Open main draw for the first time since 2012, but he was eliminated in the first round by 28th seed Fabio Fognini.

Ito went on to participate in the Topshelf Open as a qualifier, and beat Ričardas Berankis in the first round. He was ousted by Ivo Karlović in next round. Ito bounced back from the fail to qualify for the Wimbledon by reaching quarterfinal in Newport, defeating seventh seed Steve Johnson and Noah Rubin. He then made back to back quarterfinal appearances in the Colombia Open by beating Alejandro Gómez and Matthew Ebden before losing to eventual champion Bernard Tomic in straight sets.

Challenger Finals[edit]

Singles: 16 (6–10)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (6–10)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 29 November 2009 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i) Belarus Uladzimir Ignatik 6–7(7–9), 6–7(3–7)
Winner 1. 14 August 2010 Brasília, Brazil Hard South Africa Izak van der Merwe 6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. 28 November 2010 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i) Japan Yuichi Sugita 6–4, 6–2
Winner 3. 4 April 2011 Recife, Brazil Hard Brazil Tiago Fernandes w/o
Runner-up 2. 15 May 2011 Busan, South Korea Hard Israel Dudi Sela 2–6, 7–6(7–5), 3–6
Winner 4. 27 November 2011 Toyota, Japan Carpet (i) Germany Sebastian Rieschick 6–4, 6–2
Winner 5. 11 March 2012 Kyoto, Japan Carpet (i) Tunisia Malek Jaziri 6–7(5–7), 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 3. 29 April 2012 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Hard Japan Go Soeda 3–6, 0–6
Winner 6. 13 May 2012 Busan, South Korea Hard Australia John Millman 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 4. 27 October 2013 Melbourne, Australia Hard Australia Matthew Ebden 3-6, 7-5, 3-6
Runner-up 5. 3 February 2014 West Lakes, Australia Hard United States Bradley Klahn 3-6, 6-7(9-11)
Runner-up 6. 3 March 2014 Kyoto, Japan Hard(i) Austria Martin Fischer 6-3, 5-7, 4-6
Runner-up 7. 5 May 2014 Gimcheon, South Korea Hard Luxembourg Gilles Müller 6-7(5-7) 7-5, 4-6
Runner-up 8. 8 September 2014 Istanbul, Turkey Hard France Adrian Mannarino 0-6, 0-2 RET
Runner-up 9. 17 November 2014 Toyota, Japan Carpet(i) Japan Go Soeda 4-6, 5-7
Runner-up 10. 27 January 2015 Hong Kong, Hong Kong Hard United Kingdom Kyle Edmund 1-6, 2-6

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (0–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 14 March 2009 Kyoto, Japan Carpet (i) Japan Takao Suzuki Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
Austria Martin Slanar
7–6(9–7), 6–7(3–7), [6–10]

Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q1 Q1 Q1 2R 2R Q1 1R 2–3
French Open A A Q1 1R Q1 Q1 1R 0–2
Wimbledon A Q2 Q1 1R Q2 1R Q2 0–2
US Open Q3 Q3 1R 1R Q3 2R Q1 1–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–4 1–1 1–2 0–2 3–10
Career Statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Year End Ranking 210 183 122 79 155 94


  1. ^ a b ATP World Tour profile
  2. ^ ITF Juniors Profile
  3. ^ "French Open: Andy Murray beats Tatsuma Ito in round one". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "ITF announces entries for Olympic Tennis Event" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "ITO UPSETS ALMAGRO IN FRONT OF HOME CROWD". Rakuten Japan Open. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Gritty John Millman takes Tatsuma Ito to the brink". THE AUSTRALIAN. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Steve Johnson out with cramping". ESPN. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tatsuma Ito tops Stan Wawrinka". ESPN. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 

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