|Posted on October 2, 2009 at 4:15 PM|
Tomas will participate in the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships which starts on Monday. He is the defending champion. The Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships is the longest-running ATP World Tour tennis tournament in Asia, first held in 1973. It is played at Ariake Colosseum, which is an enormous tennis centre consisting of 48 tennis courtsand a stadium with one of the first retractable roofs in tennis.
Tomas Berdych Rough Road To Title Defence
Tomas Berdych will face a tough challenge against the world's top players if he is to defend the title he won in 2008. It was the Czech player's first ATP World Tour title on Asian soil.
Del Potro Returns To Action - Following his maiden Grand Slam triumph at the US Open, World No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro will return to the court at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships. Last year, the Argentine tasted defeat in an ATP World Tour final for the first time when he finished runner-up to Tomas Berdych, who also returns to defend his title.
French Presence - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils lead the French charge in Tokyo. The No. 7-ranked Tsonga reached the third round on debut last year, while Simon and Monfils feature for the first time.
Former Champ Returns - Lleyton Hewitt captured the title in Tokyo in 2001 with victory over Michel Kratochvil. The Australian has always reached at least the quarter-finals on his four visits to the Japanese capital.
Tomas Berdych won the Japan Open in 2008
"In today's tennis everything is so close and tough," Berdych said. "It's all about having confidence on the court. If you win one or two matches everything can come together." "In this condition and at this level of tennis, I think the most important thing is to ... just be 100 percent on the court -- then the results can come," Berdych said. "I think it happened to me this week and I'm very happy for that. I'm really happy to win here, especially here in Tokyo, I hope I will be here next year,"he said. Tomas Berdych became the third Czech to win in Japan after Ivan Lendl in 1980 and Jiri Novak in 2004.