EDWARDSVILLE - Makoto Ochi of Akashi, Japan and his partner, Seita Watanabe of Fukushima, both won their first-ever pro doubles title at the Edwardsville Futures tennis tournament, presented by the EGHM Foundation, on July 30 at the Edwardsville Tennis Center with a 7-6 (7-1 in the tiebreaker), 6-3 win over Kweisi Kenyatte and Cooper Williams of the United States on a warm and somewhat humid afternoon that had wall-to-wall sunshine.

In a post-match interview with both Ochi and Watanabe, both expressed joy and happiness in winning the championship.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

"I got a second title, for second 25K," Watanabe said during the interview, "but we played (for the) second time in the final. This is our first title, so very excited and I play next week in Decatur, so I will do my best."

Watanabe also enjoyed the atmosphere and the fan support during the week, which turned out to be his first time ever in the United States.

"I came for the first time in the U.S.," Watanabe said. "In Japan, nobody goes, because of COVID, but now, there are so many fans, and audiences coming here. I was very excited and I want to say thank you to everyone."

Watanabe also enjoyed the experience of signing autographs for the fans, especially the younger ones.

Article continues after sponsor message

"I feel like a Roger Federer," Watanabe said with a laugh.

Ochi felt the same excitement and joy of winning the doubles championship.

"Yes, I'm happy," Ochi said. "It's my second title in doubles in my career."

Ochi also enjoyed his experiences in Edwardsville.

"Yeah, I love Edwardsville," Ochi said with a smile.

The possibility of returning in 2023 to play again and possibly defend their championship?

"Yes, for sure," Ochi said.

Read More:

Jul 31, 2022 | Ochi, Watanabe Take Advantage Of Early Second Set Service Break, Defeat Kenyatte And Williams 7-6, 6-2 To Win Futures Doubles Championship Jul 31, 2022

Aug 3, 2022 | Big Fan Favorite: Personable Tennis Star Kweisi Kenyatte Captivates Youth And Futures Audience Aug 3, 2022

Jul 30, 2022 | Ruffice, Ponwith, Kypson and Trotter Advance, Doubles Championship Also Set On Very Busy Fifth Day Of Futures Jul 30, 2022

Jul 26, 2022 | Singles Qualifying Matches All Decided In Straight Sets As 11th Edwardsville Futures Tournament Gets Underway   Jul 26, 2022

RBRadioLaunchGif"The Babys - Midnight Rendezvous" now playing on The Eagle, the Riverbend's only Classic Rock station. Check out Riverbender Radio Today and Listen to Win!


Send your news tips to [email protected] or on twitter @EdGlenTodayNews

Print Version