Ryuki Miki

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Ryuki Miki
Ryuki Miki 1929.jpg
ITF name Tatsuyoshi Miki
Country (sports)  Japan
Born (1904-02-11)11 February 1904
Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan
Died 9 January 1967(1967-01-09) (aged 62)
Tokyo, Japan
Singles
Career record 220-66 (76.9%) [1]
Career titles 13 [2]
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 3R (1933)
Wimbledon 3R (1930—1933)
US Open 2R (1927)
Doubles
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon QF (1932, 1934)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon W (1933)

Tatsuyoshi 'Ryuki' Miki (三木龍喜, Miki Tatsuyoshi) (11 February 1904 – 9 January 1967) was a Japanese amateur tennis player. His main success was winning the 1934 Wimbledon Championships in mixed doubles (with Dorothy Round).

Sports career[edit]

Ryuki Miki was born in Takamatsu. During his studies at the Kobe Higher Commercial School, he played for the collegiate tennis team. There he was approached by Tomiko Ataka, daughter of owner of the trading corporation Ataka and Company. Tomiko asked Miki to be her tennis coach. Miki became an employee at Ataka and Company and at the late 1920s was sent to London. Officially his assignment was to assist the local company representative Kyutaro Izaki, but in fact he was supposed to be a companion and personal assistant to Eiichi Ataka, the heir of the company and talented artist who was taking piano lessons in London, as well as his wife Michiko, another classmate of his.[3]

While in London, Miki frequently played in amateur tennis tournaments. At Wimbledon Championships he played six times in a row, from 1929 to 1934, and four times (1930—1933) ascended there to the third round in singles competition. He also reached quarter-finals twice in 1932 and 1934. In 1932 he and another Japanese player Jiro Sato defeated in the third round second seeded Australians Jack Crawford and Harry Hopman, and in 1934 Miki, pairing with South African Vernon Kirby eliminated in the second round Crqwford and Adrian Quist who were fourth-seeded at the time.[4] But Miki's main success was achieved in mixed doubles. With the Briton Dorothy Round whom he was coaching and partnering since 1931[5] Miki first reached Wimbledon quarter-finals in 1933,[6] and the next year they won the mixed doubles tournament, making Ryuki the first Japanese player in history to win a Grand Slam event. At lesser British tournaments, with not so many strong opponents, Miki was a frequent singles finalist. Among others he won tournaments in Croydon and Eastbourne (1930), Birmingham (1931), Edgbaston (1933) and Melbury (1934). The Weybridge championships in St Georges Hill Miki won three times, in 1929, 1930 and 1933, also winning twice (in 1931 and 1934) the Sheffield and Hallamshire Championships.

In addition to tournaments on the British soil Ryuki Miki also took part in other competitions in Europe. He played three times at the French Championships, reaching third round in 1933. In 1932 he played for the Japan Davis Cup team in the European zone and won all three his rubbers partnering Jiro Sato, including European semi-final tie in Italy; the Italians eventually won the match 3:2.[7] In February 1934 Tatsuyoshi Miki was appointed the non-playing captain of the Japan Davis Cup team[8] but the death of the team leader Sato left the Japanese without any chances in their first round European tie against the Australians which ended with a bitter 4:1 loss. Ryuki Miki himself retired from tennis after 1934, and died in Tokyo.

Grand Slam finals (1)[edit]

Mixed doubles (1-0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championships Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1934 Wimbledon United Kingdom Dorothy Round United Kingdom Dorothy Shepherd-Barron
United Kingdom Bunny Austin
3–6, 6–4, 6–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Ryuki Miki: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  2. ^ Garcia, Gabriel. "Ryuki Miki: Career match record". thetennisbase.com. Madrid: Tennismem SL. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Keiko Itoh. (2001). The Japanese Community in Pre-War Britain: From Integration to Disintegration. Routledge. pp. 122–127. ISBN 0-7007-1487-1. 
  4. ^ Ryuki Miki's results in men's doubles at the Wimbledon Championships official Web site
  5. ^ Mark Pottle. (2004). "Round, Dorothy Edith (1909–1982)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 
  6. ^ Ryuki Miki's results in mixed doubles at the Wimbledon Championships official Web site
  7. ^ European zone semi-final tie Italy-Japan, 1932 at the Davis Cup official Web site
  8. ^ "Davis Cup: Japanese Team — Nunoi and Satoh included". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 February 1934. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 

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