Tony Roche, a Wimbledon finalist and one of the world's top tennis professionals, is currently spending a fortnight in Japan, instructing young Japanese players at a special tennis summer camp.
MV, CU Roche demonstrates with Japanese young player the backhand strokes
MV Japanese girls look on (in tennis outfit)
CUs Roche demonstrating the back-hand swing to Japanese girl
CU Girl plays backhand shots
MV Video camera & players
CU Roche instructs girl
CU Roche watching
MVs & CUs Roche playing against young boy
Tony Roche on court at Fuji; exercising; playing and coaching.
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Background: Tony Roche, a Wimbledon finalist and one of the world's top tennis professionals, is currently spending a fortnight in Japan, instructing young Japanese players at a special tennis summer camp. Set up the newly-organised Japanese Professional Tennis Association (founded last year by Davis Cup ace Osamu Ishiguro), the school aims to provide disciplined training for promising youngsters in the hope of giving Japan pride of place on the world tennis map. Situated in the green foothills of Mount Fuji, the camp has all that it takes to encourage latent talent, especially a top trainer.
Roche is the second Australian pro to coach in Japan this year. He was preceded by John Newcombe, three times champing of Wimbledon, who, after assessing the growing interest in Japan for tennis, devised plans for a six-nation Asian tennis circuit with total prize money amounting to $250,000 (about GBP100,000).
SYNOPSIS: In the foothills of Mount Fuji, one of Japan's most scenic sights, the country's young tennis potential is being brought up to world standard by one of the top international stars. Possible future Japanese men and women champions of Wimbledon are being coached by Tony Roche, the Australian pro who came second in the tournament in 1968. He's also one of the highest paid men in the game. Here, he demonstrates to the youngsters the arts of the backhand swing.
Roche is doing a two-week stint at a junior summer camp organised by the Japanese Professional Tennis Association.
The scheme aims at using the best people and methods to develop Japan's young talent to a degree where it can hold its own anywhere in the world.
Tony Roche is the second top Australian to coach this year in Japan - the latest sign of the country's evolving enthusiasm for the sport.
He was preceded by three-time Wimbledon champion John Newcombe, who was so impressed by Japan's tennis passion that he proposed the introduction of a six-nation Asian tennis circuit - spanning Japan, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand - with a total prize of a quarter of a million dollars. Apart from attracting the world's top-rank players, it would serve as an added incentive for young Asians to take up tennis.