Far East tennis: Boys singles appears to be ‘totally wide open’

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E.J. King's Takumi Kodama, a sophomore, enters the Far East tennis tournament as the boys singles No. 3 seed.  DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
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E.J. King's Takumi Kodama, a sophomore, enters the Far East tennis tournament as the boys singles No. 3 seed. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Far East tennis: Boys singles appears to be ‘totally wide open’

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 07, 2018

SHIRAKO, Chiba prefecture, Japan – Where Far East tennis is concerned, the girls singles appears to be Sarah Omachi’s to lose. But the boys? That’s a complete grab bag, with anywhere from six to eight players, mostly DODEA, in the hunt for the championship, coaches said.

“It’s totally wide open,” said Mark Lange of Division II Matthew C. Perry of Japan. “Any one of those DODEA upper seeds. It could take one or more of them getting hot and one of them might pull it off.”

The biggest reason: American School In Japan, which captured every last singles and doubles event last year and its fifth straight overall school banner, is not attending Far East this season.

The Mustangs chose to attend a tournament last month in Singapore which allowed them to bring all 24 of their players; at Far East, they’re only permitted four each boys and girls.

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