Mostbet official website as the number of tournaments on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour. Calendar continues to grow as the sport emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. April’s tournaments included a string of ITF Futures Series events in Israel, Poland and Turkey. Tokito Oda, 14, proved to be an undeniable star in Turkey on his way to making wheelchair tennis history.
Last week, Oda became the youngest player to top the boys’. Rankings in junior wheelchair tennis at the Cruyff Foundation. And he followed that up with a hat-trick of singles titles for juniors and seniors in Turkey.
After main-set wins at the Mega Saray Open and MTA Open. Oda added a second-set title to his junior win at the ITF 3 Kros Medical Open last week.
An indication of the young Japanese star’s progress. Is that among the older and more experienced players he overcame. He twice defeated his compatriot and six-time Paralympian Satoshi Saidu in straight sets.
“Of course I was surprised. I trained with the belief that I could win tournaments. But there were a lot of matches where I won by a good margin against higher level players. It gave me confidence that what I did and what I created was not a mistake,” said Oda. Who began playing wheelchair tennis at age. Nine after a doctor recommended a series of parasports while he was in the hospital being treated for osteosarcoma.
“I couldn’t play tennis during isolation, so I spent my time at home doing strength training. Watching various players play and playing guitar as a hobby. When I started playing tennis again after isolation. I had no plans for the next tournament, so I just practiced the basics and tested my form. I feel like that had a direct impact on my current games.”
Focusing on the ITF 2 tournaments to be held in Turkey in mid-May. Oda believes his mental strength played an important role in his success.
“On this trip to Turkey, I realized once again that no one can beat me in terms of my mental strength, despite difficult situations,” he added. “In fact, there were games in which I was able to bounce back from my opponent’s match points. And games in which I was able to win by a score of 0-40.”
Oda, who will turn 15 this week, is one point ahead of Britain’s Ben Bartram at the top. Of the junior rankings after titles at the Mega Saray Open and MTA Open. And his latest success at the Kros Medical Open means he begins. May with a more than 30-point lead over Bartram.
“I was aiming to become the youngest junior No. 1 in the world and felt that achieving that goal would give me confidence for the future,” said Oda. Who started April with a 91 in men’s singles.
Oda’s ranking earned him a spot in the second round. Of the ITF Men’s 3 Kros Medical Open. And although he won his tournament. Daniel Kaverzaski ended an outstanding week by winning the men’s singles title. Defeating second seeded. Takashi Sanada and third seeded Spaniard Martin de la Puente earlier in the tournament.
Oda, whose men’s singles ranking rose to No. 53 this week, was not the only Japanese singles champion and not the only multiple champion in Antalya.
Manami Tanaka started three tournaments. Winning three three-set matches in his four matches to justify his top seed at the Mega Saray Open.
While Tanaka defeated Argentina’s Maria Florencia Moreno 6-4 2-6 6-2 in the final. Moreno again lost her title at the Kros Medical Open. As fourth-seeded Victoria Lvova of Russia won the women’s singles title on the Turkish clay courts. Host favorite Ugur Altinel also won two singles titles in Antalya: The 39-year-old tennis player won the Mega Saray Open and MTA Open circuit tournaments in succession. However, Altinel’s attempt to win a hat-trick of titles on home soil was not successful at the Kros Medical Open: former world number one Shraga Weinberg took over in the deciding match 6-4 6-4.