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Kento Tanaka-Tamaki
Kento  Tanaka-Tamaki


Kihei, Hawaii

High School:
St. Anthony Junior-Senior HS




#39 Pepperdine Ends Season with Loss to #12 Wake Forest

Pepperdine concludes its first season under Marcelo Ferreira with an 18-10 record.


Waves Begin NCAA Tournament vs. Florida in Winston-Salem

Pepperdine embarks on its 38th run at the NCAA Tournament on Friday.


Pepperdine Advances to WCC Tournament Semifinals

The Waves will face San Francisco at 1 p.m. on Friday.


Pepperdine Men's Tennis Enters WCC Tournament as No. 2 Seed

The Waves received a first-round bye and will face either BYU or Saint Mary's in the quarterfinals.


Waves Shut Out Saint Mary's On Senior Day

Pepperdine celebrates Senior Day for Kento Tanaka-Tamaki and Rakshay Tahkkar.

PEPPERDINE 2014-15: Posted a 1-5 record in singles as a senior and a 7-5 doubles record ... Posted a 4-1 record in doubles alongside Alexander Solonin ... Advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship with Solonin ... Defeated William & Mary's No. 1 doubles pair of Aaron Chaffee and Will Juggins, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the round of 16 at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship ... Teamed up with Tom Hill to defeat James Markiewicz and Wil Martin of Saint Mary's (4/18) by a 6-4 tally on Senior Day ... Won twice to reach the round of 16 in the doubles draw of the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship alongside Hill.

PEPPERDINE 2013-14: Went 2-10 in singles, including 2-2 in duals ... Posted a 3-4 record in doubles ... Beat Carter Lam of Hawaii in three sets (3/11) ... Also picked up the win vs. San Francisco's Christian Brockstedt, 6-3, 7-6 (4) (3/21) ... Reached the round of 32 at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship alongside Stefan Menichella ... Advanced to the round of 16 at the Jack Kramer Invitational while playing with Francis Alcantara.

PEPPERDINE 2012-13: Went 5-7 overall in singles, including 3-2 in duals ... Went 1-6 in doubles, with an 0-2 mark in duals ... Earned dual season singles victories against opponents from Pacific, San Francisco and Gonzaga ... Reached the semifinals of the Lakewood Ranch Clay Court Classic with Finn Tearney after defeating Michael Alford and Thomas Proisy of Florida, 8-1.

PEPPERDINE 2011-12: Went 1-4 in singles as a freshman, including 1-1 I duals ... In doubles, went 5-3 overall and 1-1 in duals ... Earned first collegiate singles victory against Abilene Christian's Michael Morris, 4-6, 6-4, 11-9 ... Went 4-2 alongside Alex Llompart at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship ... Reached the consolation semifinals before losing to #5-ranked Chris Konigsfeldt and Nick Andrews of Cal in three sets.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School in 2011 ... Was a four-year varsity team member ... Three-time Maui Interscholastic League Player of the Year ... State runner-up in singles as a senior ... Concluded high school career with a singles record of 50-5 ... Also lettered in basketball, soccer, baseball and cross country ... MIL Second Team All-Star in basketball ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Competed in both the boys' singles and doubles events at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. ... Played for the Hawaii Junior Davis Cup Team.

PERSONAL: Calls the town of Kihei on the Hawaiian island of Maui home ... Son of Kanako Tamaki and Yuji Tanaka ... Majoring in sports medicine ... Enrolled at Pepperdine in the fall of 2011.

FAVORITES: Favorite pro tennis player is Fernando Verdasco ... Favorite movies are Shooter, The Hangover and Step Brothers ... Favorite musical artists at Matisyahu, Jack Johnson and Kid Cudi ... Enjoys watching ESPN ... Favorite foods are Mexican and Italian ... Favorite sports other than tennis are basketball, soccer, baseball and cross country.

Our favorite photos from Kento's senior season!

Posted by Pepperdine Men's Tennis Team on Thursday, June 11, 2015
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