Athletes

An Aggressive Style of Tennis Powered by a Strong Forehand Wheelchair Tennis

TANAKA Manami

Nickname:Manamin

i enjoy

I follow a strict diet during tournament tours, so when they’re over, I love going to buffets and eating my favorite ice creams! Whenever I win, I use the prize money I get to eat delicious local meat dishes and enjoy the luxury (laughs).

Strong points

“I’m good at pressing forward with my forehand during important moments in the match. I hope everyone sees how I go on the offensive.”

  • Sport
    Wheelchair Tennis
  • DOB
    1996-06-10
  • Sex
    Female
  • Birth place
    Tokorozawa City, Saitama
  • Team
    Bridgestone Sports Arena Corporation
  • Position/Class
    Women’s
  • Results
    Latest Triumphs
    ・2016
     2016 BNP Paribas World Team Cup (Tokyo)
    3rd Place *Representative of Japan
    ・2018
     28th All-Japan Selected Wheelchair Tennis Masters (Chiba)
    Singles 2nd Place
    ・2019
     2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup (Israel)
    2nd Place *Representative of Japan
    ・2019
     Open Paratennis du Loiret (France)
    Singles 1st Place
    ・2020
     Indian Wells Tennis Garden Wheelchair Championships (USA)
    Singles 1st Place
    Doubles 1st Place
  • Tanaka was a member of the tennis team in junior high school and high school. During the winter of her first year in high school, she fell and injured her spinal cord, making her a wheelchair user. Immediately after leaving the hospital, she started playing wheelchair tennis and returned to the team. She later set her sights on participating in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and started to train in earnest. In 2018, she reached the top 10 in world rankings for the first time. She is seen as the next young rising star following Yui Kamiji and is gaining popularity. (As of August 2020)