Takao Suzuki
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Takao Suzuki

Takao Suzuki
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Takao Suzuki2008.jpg
Country (sports) Japan
ResidenceTokyo, Japan
Born (1976-09-20) 20 September 1976 (age 45)
Sapporo, Japan
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1995
Retired2018
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$729,355
Singles
Career record50-46
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 102 (23 November 1998)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (2005)
French OpenQ3 (1998, 2002)
Wimbledon2R (2003)
US Open1R (1999, 2004)
Doubles
Career record31-37
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 119 (7 November 2005)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open3R (2005)
WimbledonQ1 (1998)
US OpenQ1 (1998)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (1996)
Medal record
Tennis
Representing  Japan
Asian Games
Gold medal - first place Team Event
Silver medal - second place Team Event
Bronze medal - third place Men's Singles
Bronze medal - third place Team Event
Last updated on: 25 October 2021.

Takao Suzuki ( , Suzuki Takao, born 20 September 1976) is a professional tennis player and a former Japanese No. 1.

Tennis career

Suzuki reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 102 in 1998 and has earned nearly three quarters of a million dollars in prize winnings on the ATP Tour. He is well known for his outstanding performances against Roger Federer at the Australian Open in 2005 and the 2006 Tokyo Open. Although Suzuki lost to Federer in straight sets in the former (6-3, 6-4, 6-4), Suzuki challenged Federer in many of the games and put up a close battle in each of the sets he lost.

In 2006, Suzuki injured his shoulder at the Australian Open qualifying tournament in a match against Paul Capdeville and sat out most of the season as a result. He briefly returned to competitive tennis in May in a challenger tournament in South Korea and lost in the quarter finals. In October 2006, Suzuki played in his first International Series event of the year, the Japan Open Tennis Championships held in Tokyo, having received a wildcard into the main draw. Suzuki, ranked World No. 1078 at the time, won surprise victories over 8th seed Paradorn Srichaphan and World No. 126 Alexander Waske en route to his quarter finals berth against Federer. Suzuki once again lost to Federer in three tight sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(3).[1]


ATP career finals

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0-0)
ATP Masters Series (0-0)
ATP International Series Gold (1-0)
ATP International Series (0-0)
Titles by surface
Hard (1-0)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1-0)
Indoor (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Oct 2005 Tokyo, Japan International Series Gold Hard Japan Satoshi Iwabuchi Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
5-4(7-3), 5-4(15-13)


Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.

Singles

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 SR W-L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q2 A Q2 1R Q1 1R Q1 Q2 Q2 2R Q1 A Q1 A Q3 0 / 3 1-3 25%
French Open A A Q3 Q2 A A Q3 Q2 Q1 Q1 A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Wimbledon A A Q1 1R A Q2 Q1 2R Q3 Q1 A Q2 A A A 0 / 2 1-2 33%
US Open A A Q2 1R Q3 Q1 Q2 Q3 1R Q1 A Q1 A A A 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-3 0-0 0-1 0-0 1-1 0-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 7 2-7 22%
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A Q1 A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Miami A A A Q1 A A A A A Q2 A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Hamburg A A A A A A A A A Q1 A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Rome A A A Q1 A A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Canada Q1 A A A A A A A A Q2 A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0  - 
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 / 0 0-0  - 


ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 22 (17-5)

Legend
ATP Challenger (16-3)
ITF Futures (1-2)
Finals by surface
Hard (14-4)
Clay (0-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (3-1)


Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Nov 1997 Bombay, India Challenger Hard United Kingdom Barry Cowan 6-1, 6-0
Win 2-0 Jul 1998 Denver, United States Challenger Hard South Africa Justin Bower 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Win 3-0 Jul 1998 Granby, Canada Challenger Hard United States David Caldwell 7-6, 6-3
Loss 3-1 Jul 1998 Aptos, United States Challenger Hard United States Cecil Mamiit 7-6, 3-6, 2-6
Win 4-1 Aug 1998 Binghamton, United States Challenger Hard Italy Diego Nargiso 5-2 ret.
Win 5-1 Jul 2000 Granby, Canada Challenger Hard United States Cecil Mamiit 6-4, 6-3
Win 6-1 Jul 2000 Winnetka, United States Challenger Hard South Korea Yoon Yong-il 6-2, 6-4
Win 7-1 Aug 2000 Lexington, United States Challenger Hard United States Justin Gimelstob 2-1 ret.
Win 8-1 Aug 2000 Binghamton, United States Challenger Hard South Korea Yoon Yong-il 6-1, 6-4
Win 9-1 Nov 2001 Yokohama, Japan Challenger Carpet Japan Gouichi Motomura 6-2, 6-7(5-7), 7-6(7-4)
Win 10-1 Mar 2002 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Challenger Hard Croatia Mario Ancic 6-4, 6-3
Win 11-1 Mar 2002 Kyoto, Japan Challenger Carpet Croatia Mario Ancic 6-7(4-7), 6-2, 6-2
Win 12-1 Mar 2002 Osaka, Japan Challenger Hard Germany Bjorn Phau 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(7-4)
Win 13-1 Jul 2004 Campos do Jordão, Brazil Challenger Hard Ecuador Giovanni Lapentti 6-4, 6-3
Win 14-1 Mar 2007 Kyoto, Japan Challenger Carpet Germany Dieter Kindlmann 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
Win 15-1 Jul 2007 Granby, Canada Challenger Hard Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun 6-4, 6-4
Loss 15-2 Nov 2007 Yokohama, Japan Challenger Hard Israel Dudi Sela 7-6(7-5), 4-6, 2-6
Loss 15-3 Mar 2009 Kyoto, Japan Challenger Carpet Ukraine Sergei Bubka 6-7(6-8), 4-6
Win 16-3 Nov 2009 Yokohama, Japan Challenger Hard Austria Martin Fischer 6-4, 7-6(7-5)
Loss 16-4 Jul 2013 Japan F8, Kashiwa Futures Hard Japan Hiroki Kondo 3-6, 5-7
Win 17-4 May 2015 Guam F1, Tumon Futures Hard Japan Gengo Kikuchi 6-3, 6-3
Loss 17-5 Jun 2017 Guam F1, Tumon Futures Hard Japan Hiroyasu Ehara 6-7(4-7), 6-4, 3-6


Doubles: 24 (18-6)

Legend
ATP Challenger (10-5)
ITF Futures (8-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (9-3)
Clay (4-0)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (5-3)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Apr 1996 Nagoya, Japan Challenger Hard Japan Satoshi Iwabuchi Australia Ben Ellwood
Australia Peter Tramacchi
7-6, 7-6
Loss 1-1 Feb 1997 Kyoto, Japan Challenger Carpet Japan Satoshi Iwabuchi India Mahesh Bhupathi
Zimbabwe Wayne Black
4-6, 7-6, 1-6
Loss 1-2 Sep 1997 Urbana, United States Challenger Hard Japan Gouichi Motomura United States Michael Sell
South Africa Kevin Ullyett
6-3, 6-7, 2-6
Win 2-2 Mar 1998 Kyoto, Japan Challenger Carpet South Africa Kevin Ullyett Mexico Oscar Ortiz
Venezuela Maurice Ruah
4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Win 3-2 Jul 1998 Granby, Canada Challenger Hard Japan Gouichi Motomura Canada Bobby Kokavec
Canada Frederic Niemeyer
7-6, 6-1
Win 4-2 Aug 1998 Bronx, United States Challenger Hard United States Jared Palmer Czech Republic Ota Fukarek
Romania Gabriel Trifu
6-1, 6-2
Loss 4-3 Nov 1998 Portoro?, Slovenia Challenger Hard North Macedonia Aleksandar Kitinov Belarus Max Mirnyi
Russia Andrei Olhovskiy
4-6, 6-7
Win 5-3 Nov 1999 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet Germany Lars Burgsmuller Spain Juan-Ignacio Carrasco
Spain Jairo Velasco
7-6, 6-4
Win 6-3 Apr 2000 Japan F3, Isawa Futures Clay Japan Takahiro Terachi Japan Natsuki Harada
Japan Hiroyasu Sato
6-4, 6-3
Win 7-3 Jun 2000 Italy F4, Pavia Futures Clay Italy Igor Gaudi Italy Filippo Messori
Italy Davide Scala
6-4, 6-4
Win 8-3 Feb 2001 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Challenger Hard United States Eric Taino Italy Filippo Messori
Italy Vincenzo Santopadre
7-6(9-7), 2-6, 6-4
Win 9-3 Sep 2001 Japan F7, Chiba Futures Hard Japan Hiroki Kondo United States Doug Bohaboy
Japan Toshiharu Kato
4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Win 10-3 Nov 2001 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Challenger Carpet United States Eric Taino Italy Filippo Messori
Italy Vincenzo Santopadre
7-6(9-7), 2-6, 6-4
Win 11-3 Nov 2001 Yokohama, Japan Challenger Carpet Japan Mitsuru Takada Switzerland Marco Chiudinelli
Germany Sebastian Jaeger
6-3, 6-4
Win 12-3 Sep 2002 Japan F7, Saitama Futures Hard Japan Michihisa Onoda United States Doug Bohaboy
United States Thomas Blake
6-3, 6-3
Loss 12-4 Nov 2002 Aachen, Germany Challenger Carpet Japan Thomas Shimada United States Jim Thomas
Belgium Tom Vanhoudt
7-6(7-4), 6-7(4-7), 3-6
Win 13-4 Jul 2003 Lexington, United States Challenger Hard Israel Jonathan Erlich United States Matias Boeker
United States Travis Parrott
6-4, 6-1
Win 14-4 Nov 2003 Milan, Italy Challenger Carpet Italy Davide Sanguinetti Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6-4, 7-5
Loss 14-5 Mar 2009 Kyoto, Japan Challenger Carpet Japan Tatsuma Ito Pakistan Aisam Qureshi
Austria Martin Slanar
7-6(9-7), 6-7(3-7), [6-10]
Win 15-5 Jul 2009 Japan F7, Sapporo Futures Clay Japan Hiroki Kondo Japan Yuichi Ito
Japan Tatsuma Ito
6-3, 7-6(7-4)
Win 16-5 Oct 2012 Japan F8, Kashiwa Futures Hard Japan Sho Katayama New Zealand Daniel King-Turner
New Zealand Jose Statham
3-6, 6-3, [10-8]
Loss 16-6 Mar 2014 Japan F1, Tokyo Futures Hard Japan Shintaro Imai Japan Toshihide Matsui
Japan Arata Onozawa
4-6, 5-7
Win 17-6 Jun 2014 Japan F8, Sapporo Futures Clay Japan Yasutaka Uchiyama Japan Takuto Niki
Japan Arata Onozawa
6-2, 7-6(7-4)
Win 18-6 Aug 2014 Chinese Taipei F1, Kaohsiung Futures Hard Japan Arata Onozawa Chinese Taipei Chen Ti
Chinese Taipei Huang Liang-Chi
7-6(7-3), 6-3


References

  1. ^ Mulligan, James (2006). "Suzuki puts scare in Federer", The Japan Times Online, 7 October 2006.

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