Tennis - Takao Suzuki has become the first player who is 40 years or older to reach the final of an ITF Pro Circuit event. The former Japanese No. 1 player defeated third seeded Yuichi Ito 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to move into the final of the ITF Guam Futures final.
Suzuki went down to top seed falls short to Hiroyasu Ehara 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3 in the final on Sunday. 25-year-old Ehara defeated fifth seeded Jake Delaney 6-0. 6-3 in the semi-finals. Suzuki has more wins for Japan in the Davis Cup than any other player, with a 41-23 overall record and a 14-11 overall record, both all-time records while he shares the record for most singles wins at 27-12 alongside Tsuyoshi Fukui.
Suzuki is currently ranked No. 1644 in the world and has been ranked as high as No. 102. He has won 16 ATP Challengers during his career and will be aiming to win his second ITF Futures title after scoring his first win in Guam itself in 2015.