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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:
4V

05/09/2015

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

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

05/06/2015

Waves Begin NCAA Tournament vs. Florida in Winston-Salem

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

04/23/2015

Pepperdine Advances to WCC Tournament Semifinals

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

04/22/2015

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.

04/18/2015

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.

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