Shintaro Mochizuki, a Japanese tennis player born in 2003, achieved his first victory on the ATP circuit in front of the Japanese crowd present at the ATP 500 in Tokyo, bursting into tears at the end of the match due to emotion.
The 20-year-old, currently number 215 in the ATP world ranking, took advantage as best he could of the wild card reserved for local tennis players granted to him by the organizers of the ATP 500 in Tokyo to live a real dream.
Playing in the first round against number 31 in the world rankings Thomas Etcheverry, the Japanese, supported by the home crowd, showed off an almost flawless performance, beating the Argentine in two sets with a score of 6-4 7-6(5).
Shintaro Mochizuki wins his first match and bursts into tears
First victory at ATP level and qualification for the second round archived, where the number one seeding and reigning champion Taylor Fritz will be waiting for him. For the 20-year-old Japanese, winner of Wimbledon at Junior level in 2019, the joy at the end of the match was too great.
Shintaro sat on the bench to realize what had happened, brought the towel to his face and burst into tears, to the applause of the Japanese public. A tangible emotion to which one can hardly remain indifferent, for a boy who until now had a record of 0-11 in matches at ATP level.
The Japanese has been a professional for two years, but his only title of his career came this year in Italy, at the Challenger in Barletta. A beautiful story for a talent who could definitively blossom with this first success.
Below you can watch the video shared on X by Tennis TV in which the Japanese tennis player achieved his first ATP victory in the Tokyo tournament, in front of his fans: