Each day during the BB&T Atlanta Open and at various other times throughout the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series, I’ll be featuring a tennis player competing in the series talking about the gadgets and technology they own and travel the world with. In the world of technology, users who rely on technology for everything they do are called “Power Users.” For tennis, I’m going to call them “Power Players.” Technology plays a vital role in all our lives, and tennis players use the latest technology on and off the court in many different capacities.
Saturday’s Power Player is Go Soeda
There have been a lot of “firsts” for Japanese tennis in recent years, most of them accomplished by world No. 19 Kei Nishikori.
Nishikori is the first Japanese male to reach the top-20, has made runs in major tournaments and on any given day, he can beat the best in the world.
It was a first for Japanese tennis again on Friday at the BB&T Atlanta Open, when for the first time in the modern tennis era, two players from Japan squared off in the quarterfinals of an ATP event.
In a surprise, Go Soeda, who will break the top-50 in the world come next week, got the better of his countryman and Olympic teammate, Nishikori 6-2, 6-1.
Soeda said in his post match press conference that he and Nishikori and are friends and it is difficult for the two to play.
He also said that after years of playing challenger level tournaments, he saw that he had to get more aggressive on the court to win matches on the ATP Tour.
“Here you have to play aggressive to win,” admitted Soeda. “At the challengers you can win matches just by going out there, not here.”
There is no country where technology is loved than Japan and for that reason alone we can make Go Soeda a “Power Player.”
The 27-year old Soeda is from Kanagawa, which is in the located in the southeast part of Japan and is a hub for many high-speed trains that criss-cross the country. In fact, the first railways in Japan were developed in Kanagawa.
Next up for Soeda is a tough task in Gilles Muller for an afternoon match on Saturday. These two have never played before on the ATP Tour, so it will be interesting to see how the power and trickery of Muller matches up with the speed and consistency of Soeda.
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