Greetings from President Mitsubishi Waseda University International Tennis Open 2020 President, President of Waseda University Professor Aiji Tanaka
President of Waseda University Professor Aiji Tanaka
Greetings from President Mitsubishi Waseda University International Tennis Open 2020 President, President of Waseda University Professor Aiji Tanaka “Mitsubishi Electric / Waseda University International Tennis Open”, the tournament that tells the coming of spring is starting this year as well. Established as Japan’s first university-hosted international tennis tournament and under the name of “Mitsubishi Electric Waseda University Futures International Tennis Tournament”, this tournament has celebrated its 13th anniversary with great support and cooperation from everyone. From this year, the system has changed to allow players to earn points from the Association of Tennis Professionals(ATP). This tournament was first held in 2007, with the hope that many Japanese male players will be able to earn ATP points and that this tournament will be a stepping stone in the world’s higher stages. Being able to watch the play of international players aiming for the top of the world is the importance of this tournament. In the last year’s Japanese men’s tennis world, Kei Nishikori, and Yuichi Sugita from Waseda University’s tennis team played an active role at the world’s top level. Also, two years ago, Naomi Osaka won two of the four major tournaments in the women’s tennis world and the entire Japanese tennis world is filled with excitement. In the college tennis league, Waseda University Tennis Team has won 15 consecutive titles in the All Japan Tennis League. The players participating in this tournament are generations expected to play an active part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and are ready to take on the tennis world in the future. We hope that the tennis fans who have come will enjoy the game of the day, and we will be grateful for the warm support of the future tennis players. Finally, on behalf of Waseda University, to all those who have contributed to holding this event, including the head sponsor Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, athletes, students in charge of the operation, OBs and OGs, Thank you very much.
Greetings from President Mitsubishi Waseda University International Tennis Open 2020 Director, yaoki Ishi
I will begin with the word of appreciation to all contributors including the main sponsor Mitsubishi Electrics that enabled us to hold Reiwa’s first “Mitsubishi Electrics, Waseda University International Tennis Open”. 2 months have passed since the 2020 started. Every year, I feel the start of tennis season as with the start of this tournament. This year is also a long-waited year for the Olympics and Paralympics. Despite the Grand Slams being the most important tournaments of the year, recently, the value of the Olympics in the world of tennis has been increasing as well. Furthermore, this year, the venue is Tokyo and there are some star players such as Nishikori and Osaka. I cannot stop to hope the success of the Team Japan in this year’s Olympics. There is no doubt that gorgeous tournaments such as Olympics and Grand Slams gains a lot of people’s attentions. However, tournaments in transition tours, such as this Waseda Open is the backbone of the professional tennis world. And I hope this tournament to be such one that support the world of tennis. Every year, Waseda Open is organized by university students. From the preparation period until the tournament finishes, they are working extremely hard to make this tournament happen. Like to the future star players who will be competing in this tournament, please give the students some support. Finally, I will end this greeting by a sincere hope the best luck of every competitors in this tournament. Thank you.