Japan Nationwide Junior High School Tennis Championships – Personal Post

My first post on something personal. On this post, I will not be writing about the usual tennis news and updates. I would like to share that my school has entered the Japan Nationwide Junior High School Tennis Championships, which has not been achieved for 18 years. To protect my personal information, I will not publish my school name, personal names, and etc, however, I will be able to tell the story of how we achieved it.

First off, a school must select 10 tennis players to play in the team tournaments. There are 3 singles matches and 2 doubles. (And 3 substitutes/players/bench coaches) Whichever school wins 3 times in total wins, and advances onto the next match.

The first tournament is the District Tennis Tournament. There were only two schools that participated in this tournament (including my school), and we defeated the opponent 5-0.

We then advanced onto the Prefecture Tennis Tournament, and advanced to the second round by winning against the first opponent in the tournament 3-2. The next opponent that we faced were really strong, especially doubles. We lost both doubles matches and two singles matches, and lost to that school in the Prefecture Tennis Tournament finals with a score of 1-4. We still advanced onto the Region Tennis Tournament, which is the last qualification tournament in order to advance onto the Japan Nationwide Junior High School Tennis Championships.

We were shocked when we found out that our first opponent in the Region Tennis Tournament was a very strong school, and we lost against them 1-4. However, there was a revival match if the school that we faced advanced onto the top 4. And they did, so we were blessed with a second chance. (They actually won the tournament finals.)

The first school we faced in the revival match was fairly strong, and things started to look bad for us when the score was 2-2, and the we were losing the last singles match (game count) 1-4. Whoever won this match would advance onto the second round. However, our singles player did not give up. He took three games in a row and made the match balanced again with a game count of 4-4, and the match then headed on to a tie-break. We were very nervous, but the opponent’s unforced errors started to increase, and we won with a score of 7-6(4). We were EXTREMELY happy when our singles player won, and almost everyone in my school team started to cry with joy, because we were one step away from going to the Japan Nationwide Junior High School Tennis Championships.

The next day, we played the second round of the revival match, and whichever school won that match were going to advance onto the Japan Nationwide Junior High School Tennis Championships. The score was 1-1. We’ve lost one doubles and won a singles match. But here’s the problem. Out of the three singles match, we predicted that we were definitely able to take 2 singles matches, but we were sure that we would lose one singles. The fact that we lost one doubles match was huge. If we do not win the other doubles, we were 100% doomed. However, our doubles team turned the tables around when they broke the opponent’s serve when they were losing. The match continued to 5-5, and we won 7-5. 2-2, and our number 1 player in the team finished the remaining opponent in the singles with a game count of 6-0. We couldn’t believe it. We were officially going to the Japan Nationwide Junior High School Tennis Championships! Everyone cried. We were happy. We’ve made history. We were unable to advance onto the Japan Nationwide Junior High School Tennis Championships for 18 years, and we’ve finally done it with this team. It’s incredible.

We will be heading to Tokyo in a couple of weeks to play the Japan Nationwide Junior High School Tennis Championships, and I can’t wait.

Sorry for posting something personal on this blog, but this event was very special to me and my teammates, so I just HAD to publish this.

Please wish us luck!

~Jin

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