Kiwi-born Ben McLachlan says Japan gives bigger opportunities

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Kiwi-born Ben McLachlan says Japan gives bigger opportunities

New Zealand-born Ben McLachlan thinks the country of Japan gives him bigger chances to succeed. The-now Japanese tennis player switched his nationality this year. New Zealand is not known as a highly-popular tennis market, while Japan has been investing in the game more and more in recent years.

"Tennis is a big sport in Japan and well funded, so I will be able to get a lot of support playing for Japan," McLachlan said "The main difference will be opportunities I think. Tennis is just a more popular sport in Japan than in NZ." McLachlan won his first title as a Japanese last week at the Gwangju Challenger alongside Ti Chen.

The 25-year-old has his Davis Cup debut just recently in the World Group Playoffs. McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama fell short in the doubles rubber against Brazil's premiere doubles specialists Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo.

However, Japan ended up beating Brazil 3-1 in the end. "The experience of playing Davis Cup was awesome," McLachlan claimed. "It was one of the biggest crowds I've played in front of and the energy from the fans was awesome." Also read: John McEnroe: 'ATP made a mistake not realizing Laver Cup was a big thing'