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Shuzo Matsuoka

Shuzo Matsuoka
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceTokyo, Japan
Born (1967-11-06) 6 November 1967 (age 54)
Tokyo, Japan
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro1986
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,117,112
Official website
Career record145-163
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 46 (6 July 1992)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (1989)
French Open2R (1992, 1993)
WimbledonQF (1995)
US Open2R (1988, 1990, 1993)
Career record28-44
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 95 (16 January 1989)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open1R (1989)
US Open1R (1988)

Shuzo Matsuoka ( , Matsuoka Sh?z?, born 6 November 1967) is a retired Japanese professional tennis player, sports commentator, and entertainer. 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

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 Nová?ek, Mark Knowles, Javier Frana and Michael Joyce before being knocked down by Pete Sampras. Matsuoka won the first set but Sampras came back to win in four sets.

Throughout the 1995 Tour, Matsuoka suffered from chronic muscle cramps. In February, during a match against Joseph Lizardo at the Davis Cup, he sustained an injury that required him to withdraw.

At the US Open of 1995, during the fourth set of his first round match against Petr Korda, Matsuoka collapsed from severe cramping in his thighs which left him writhing in pain on the court for several minutes. 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.[1][2]

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 totaled $1,117,112. He retired from the professional tour in April 1998.

Post retirement

Since his retirement from tennis Matsuoka has become a popular television sports commentator in Japan. He is a sportscaster for Hodo Station, hosting interviews and segments that focus on talented athletes. He also hosts the "Shuzo Challenge", an annual tennis camp for young children created 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. Since 2000, he has been the host of a weekly cooking mini-program, Kuishinbo! Banzai, on Fuji TV. 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.

Since 2006, Matsuoka has been releasing a web series of motivational videos called For you (?, Konna Anata ni...), shot at locations he visits for work. They feature Matsuoka shouting phrases of encouragement at the camera, sometimes in ridiculous or bizarre scenarios. These videos have become popular with both Japanese and Western internet users, accumulating millions of views and being edited in the form of MADs or having uplifting music added to them. In one of his most well-known videos, Matsuoka is harvesting Asian clams in the water at -10°C and he shouts "Never give up" in English. In 2009, Matsuoka expressed excitement at the popularity of his For you series and the MADs, the latter numbering in the thousands by 2011.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Personal life

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.

Career finals

Singles (1 win, 2 losses)

Legend (singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (1)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jan 1989 Wellington, New Zealand Hard New Zealand Kelly Evernden 5-7, 6-1, 4-6
Win 1-1 Apr 1992 Seoul, Korea Hard Australia Todd Woodbridge 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Loss 1-2 Jun 1992 London, UK Grass South Africa Wayne Ferreira 3-6, 4-6

Doubles (1 win, 1 loss)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Jan 1989 Auckland, New Zealand Hard New Zealand Steve Guy United States John Letts
United States Bruce Man-Son-Hing
7-6, 7-6
Loss 1-1 Jan 1995 Jakarta, Indonesia Hard Haiti Ronald Agénor South Africa David Adams
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
2-6, 4-6



  1. ^ Robin Finn (29 August 1995). "U.S. Open '95; Matsuoka crumples in pain and defaults". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Cyphers, Luke (29 August 1995). "Shuzo feels true agony of defeat". Daily News. Vol. 77, no. 65. p. 632.
  3. ^ "?". ? (in Japanese).
  4. ^ "Shuzo Matsuoka". Know Your Meme.
  5. ^ Team Psycosmos. "NEVER GIVE UP YOUR WAAAAAAAAAAAAY". YouTube.
  6. ^ Goodthink. "I SAID NEVER GIVE UP !!! (Inspirational Japanese Guy)". YouTube.
  7. ^ ? (21 June 2009). "ver?". Niconico (in Japanese).
  8. ^ ? (25 November 2009). "?! ". ? GetNews (in Japanese).

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