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Takao Suzuki

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Bio Both the forehand and backhand strokes were one-handed, but until the age of 14, both sides were both-handed and had an unusual background.
He turned professional and won the All Japan Indoor Championship / Satellite Circuit Round 3 in 1995. From that same year, he was also elected as the representative of the Davis Cup Japan , and the future is greatly envied as “Post- Matsuoka Shuzo ”. He competed in 1996 at Atlanta Olympics as Japan representative player. Then in 1996 and in 1997 he achieved 2 consecutive men's singles at the All Japan Tennis Championships. In 1998, he won three challengers and made the best eight at the Stockholm Open. In 1999, he played at Australian Open, in Wimbledon and at the US Open. In the first round of Australia, he played a fierce battle that was entangled with Alex Corretja, the world No.3 player that time. After that, he was forced to rest due to a breakdown, but in 2000 he won four consecutive championships at the Challenger. The next year, in 2001 at Davis Cup he defeated Paradorn Srichaphan, to help advancing the Japanese team into the second round. In the same year at AIG Japan Open, he defeated the former French Open champion Michael Chang and reached the best 8 since Shuzo Matsuoka. In the same tournament, he advanced to the top 16 in 2002 and 2003. At the 2003 Wimbledon Championships, he won a match in the main draw for the first time in seven years since Matsuoka when he defeated Dick Norman in the first round, but lost to Karol Kuchera in the second round.

In 2004, at Davis Cup versus India he contributed a victory for the first time in 74 years. At the 2005 Australian Open, he defeated American Jean Michael Gambill in the first round, this win was the first one in Melbourne in 16 years since Matsuoka in the tournament. Then in the second round Suzuki had a great match against Roger Federer, the previous year's winner. Suzuki lost to Federer in straight sets (6–3, 6–4, 6–4), however he challenged The Swiss Maestro in many of the games and put up a close battle in each of the sets he lost. In doubles partnered with Lu Yen-hsun was defeated by Jurgen Melzer/Alexander Wasuke in the third round. This is the highest performance of the 4 major tournament men's doubles as a Japanese player since the Open-era.

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). After this, Suzuki returned the world ranking from 1078th to 459th.
Then he won the Shimadzu All Japan Indoor championship again after 2002 and in 2009 he reached the final again, however he lost from Sergei Bubka.
He has been active in the Davis Cup for a long time, and holds all the records of the Davis Cup Japan National Team.
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