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Kento Tanaka-Tamaki
Kento Tanaka-Tamaki

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kihei, Hawaii

High School:
St. Anthony Junior-Senior HS

Height:
5-9

Experience:
3V

10/18/2014

Thakkar, Menichella Advance to Round of 16 at Regionals

Rakshay Thakkar and Stefan Menichella two of 16 left in the singles draw.

10/17/2014

Three Waves to Round of 32 at USTA/ITA Regional

Pepperdine is hosting the tournament, which runs through Tuesday.

10/11/2014

Men's Tennis Wraps Action at Battle in the Bay Classic

Pepperdine hosts the USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Championship on Oct. 16-20.

10/10/2014

Waves Open Play at Battle in the Bay Classic

Stefan Menichella reaches round of 32 as he moves to 5-1 on the season in singles play.

10/07/2014

Men's Tennis Continues Fall at Battle in the Bay Classic

Four Waves -- Kento Tanaka-Tamaki, Rakshay Thakkar, Tom Hill and Stefan Menichella -- will compete in San Francisco this weekend.

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.

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