I am absolutely delighted that I will be able to participate in the olympic games while they are being held in my home country. I am looking forward to taking to the olympic stage and embracing the challenge as an ANA athlete, and will do everything I can to prepare for this summer event. I will work together with my teammates to battle my way through the games and give you an incredible relay performance. Your support will be most appreciated!
Eating Toraya's yokan (a traditional Japanese confectionery made from red bean paste, agar, and sugar). I always carry this sweet around with me in my rucksack.
I am not particularly good at sports beside competitive swimming and I also struggled with physical education classes, but I love watching rugby matches!
In the area to which the swimmers are called, I imagine the race in my head and then I stand on the starting platform and take a deep breath. I also drink some water just before the race begins.
Grand slam 26 wins (Men’s singles)
Even though 2020 will mark my fifth time to participate in the Paralympic Games, the pressure I feel for the Tokyo 2020 Games is unlike anything I have felt before. Every shot will count. I want to deliver excellent results in all events leading up to the games so that I am prepared both physically and mentally for this challenge.
Making Japan my stage, I will perform to the very best of my ability so that I can showcase what can really be achieved with a wheelchair. Nothing would make me happier than having you see this for yourselves and become wheelchair tennis fans.
I listen to Mr.Children (a Japanese pop rock band) when coming out onto the court. I used to do other things such as eating curry as soon as I got to the airport or trying to always wear red pants for my matches (laughs)! However, I often didn't have time to get my curry fill, and it was from this time that I also decided to ditch the red pants. The only pre-match ritual I have left now is listening to Mr.Children songs.
I play basketball to wind down, and I often play on my days off after coming home from tournaments.
- I bounce the ball on the ground twice before the first serve and four times before the second serve.
- In the 90 seconds of changing ends, I drink a sports drink and eat a banana.