Mochizuki Wins Wimbledon Junior Boys' Title

Mochizuki wins Wimbledon junior boys' title

Sixteen-year-old Shintaro Mochizuki has become the first Japanese tennis player to win a junior boys' championship at a Grand Slam.

The eighth-seeded Mochizuki defeated Spain's Carlos Gimeno Valero in Sunday's final of the Wimbledon boy's singles.

He aggressively came to the net to pressure his opponent and fired sharp backhands, winning the first set 6-3.

Mochizuki's tenacious footwork helped him win the second set 6-2.

Mochizuki began playing tennis at the age of three. He has been training at a tennis academy in the United States since he was 12 years old.

Japan's Kei Nishikori also honed his game at the same academy.

Mochizuki reached the junior semifinals of the French Open in June, when he made his debut in a Grand Slam boy's singles match.

In 1969, Kazuko Sawamatsu became the first Japanese female tennis player to win junior girls' titles at the French Open and Wimbledon.