Shuzo Matsuoka is one of Japan's best-known sportsmen. He started playing tennis at the age of 10 and has won all single/ doubles/ mix titles. In 1986, he became a professional tennis player, and in 1992 he was the first Japanese male to win the ATP tour, which ranked him as a world No. 46. In 1995, he made it to the top-8 at Wimbledon, which was the highest score for a Japanese player for 62 years. Since retiring from tournament activity he has established "Shuzo Challenge" to nurture and support young talents within tennis. He not only stresses the technical aspects of the game but also emphasises the mental approach to the spirit of the game.
Shuzo Matsuoka's statement on Andersen:
"Reading not only makes children more knowledgeable, it also feeds their imagination. Andersen has a universal message to all children. I hope children will continue to embrace Andersen's fairytales."