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ⓘ Isao Watanabe is a Japanese former professional tennis player. Born in Tokyo, Watanabe competed on the international circuit in the 1960s, featuring in the main ..




                                     

ⓘ Isao Watanabe

Isao Watanabe is a Japanese former professional tennis player.

Born in Tokyo, Watanabe competed on the international circuit in the 1960s, featuring in the main draws of the French Open and Wimbledon. He was Manuel Santanas first round opponent when the Spaniard won the 1966 Wimbledon Championships and took the opening set off him, before having to retire hurt while trailing in the second.

Watanabe was the mens singles champion at the 1967 University Games in Tokyo, defeating Jun Kamiwazumi for the gold medal. He also won a silver medal in the mens doubles event.

Between 1967 and 1970 he played Davis Cup tennis for Japan, mostly in doubles. In all seven of his doubles rubbers he partnered Koji Watanabe, who despite sharing the same name was not his brother. They won four of their doubles rubbers as a pairing. His only singles rubber was a win over Hong Kongs Kenneth Tsui in 1970.

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