MURFRESBORO, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee Men’s Tennis Head Coach jimmy boredame announced on Tuesday the signing of Shu Matsuoka for a national letter of intent and the promotion of 2022 from the Blue Raiders.
“Shu has a huge game. He’s well trained and just scratching the surface of his potential,” coach Borendame said. “He reminds me of the old and current stars of Middle Tennessee Miguel Negre Fernandez and chris edge. I’m very happy to start working alongside Shu.”
Matsuoka, a 6-foot-1 standout from Tokyo, will be a hard-hitting doubles and singles student-athlete for the Blue Raiders when he sets foot on campus. Shu joined the Middle Tennessee team in Wesley Chapel, Florida and attended Saddlebrook Prep School playing for Alvaro Betancur.
In the 2021 school year, Matsuoka won the Inspiration Academy UTR Tournament Championship and was a runner-up in the NGTA Open Men’s Singles Tournament. He advanced to the quarter-finals of the J3 Cancun Cup and earned a career-high ITF ranking of No. 940 on July 5 after going 5-3 in various competitions.
In the 2022 school year, Shu competed in M15 Sunrise and M15 Cancun, where he advanced to the second round. Overall, Matsuoka is 23-13 against ITF-ranked opponents.
Shu’s father, Shuzo Matsuoka, is a former Japanese professional tennis star, both in his playing days and his post-playing days as a nationally known sports commentator in Japan. Shuzo reached a career-high No. 46 in the world, a former Wimbledon runner-up in 1995 and won a singles title in Seoul in 1992.
Shu joins Ondrej Horak of the Czech Republic as two future Blue Raiders in the 2022 class, which sits at No. 1 on the mid-major circuit and just outside the top 25 in the country.