TALAL BUKHAMSEEN WRITES– Naomi Osaka, the number one ranked tennis player by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), is the first Asian person to hold the top ranking in singles. The winner of three grand titles is presently facing a challenge off the court–her dilemma? Her nationality. As a dual-citizen, she…Full Article JAPAN: Will Naomi Osaka Pick Japanese Citizenship or American?
BOBBY FRETZ WRITES – Several weeks ago, the Australian Open came to an end with an emotional Roger Federer hoisting his 20th grand slam trophy. While Federer’s greatness is not an unfamiliar story to sport fanatics, a new headline made waves throughout the two-week long tournament. 21 year old, Hyeon…Full Article SOUTH KOREA: HYEON CHUNG, NEW BRAND OF INTERNATIONAL TENNIS SUPERSTAR
JACQUELINE DILANCHYAN WRITES – Japan’s Kei Nishikori made a highly anticipated return to professional tennis this January, but it wasn’t the expected Australian Open, this season’s first Grand Slam, where he made his awaited comeback. Instead, Nishikori made his comeback at the ATP Challenger Tour Event in Newport Beach, which…Full Article JAPAN: Japan’s Nishikori Returning to ATP… the Smart Way
TOM PLATE WRITES IN HIS SYNDICATED COLUMN APPEARING IN THE JAPAN TIMES (Tokyo) – Like so many people around the world, I was totally blown away not only by Olympic skater Kim Yuna’s performance on the ice in Sochi, but even more so by her cool and classy performance off…Full Article THE PLATE COLUMN: Skating on Thin Ice