General Fumiteru
Gifu, Japan
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He was the Japanese master of clay court.
Nakano reached the fourth round of the men's singles at the 1938 French Championships, a feat that would not be achieved again by a Japanese man until 2013. In July he was eliminated in the semifinals of the Queen's Club Championships by eventual winner Don Budge. In the fourth round he lost in three straight sets to Frantisek Cejnar from Czechoslovakia. In September of the same year he also reached the fourth round of the U.S National Championships in which he was defeated in four sets by Bobby Riggs. Together with his countryman Jiro Yamagishi he reached the quarterfinal of the men's doubles at the 1937 Wimbledon Championships. The two won the Maidstone Club's invitational tournament later the same month. They also clinched the doubles title of the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. In August he reached the quarterfinal of the Newport Casino Invitational falling to Frank Parker. As a result, he became the third ranked player of Japan that year.

In 1947 and 1948 he won the singles title at the All Japan Championships and he was ranked the No.1 player in Japan in 1939, 1947 and 1948. In 1951 he was still active and reached the semifinals of the Calcutta international tournament and the quarterfinal of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.

Between 1937 and 1952 he played in five ties for the Japanese Davis Cup team. The best team result during that period was reaching the final of the Americas Zone in 1938 against Australia. Nakano had a Davis Cup match record of three wins, 10 losses and one unfinished match against John Bromwich. He also represented Japan in the 1940 International Athletic Meet in Tokyo, which was a substitute for the 1940 Summer Olympics originally scheduled to take place in Japan.


Archive statistics 1935 - 1952

Tournament wins 1948 - Japan International Championships (Amateur)
1947 - Japan International Championships (Amateur)
1938 - Rotterdam Anglo Dutch (Amateur)

Tournaments Asian Championships - 1952 Indian International Championships - 1952 US Open - 1951 US Clay Courts - 1951 USA vs. Japan Exhibition - 1951 Japan International Championships - 1948 Japan International Championships - 1947 International Athletic Meet - 1940 Japan International Championships - 1939 Wimbledon - 1938 Roland Garros - 1938 US Open - 1938 Japan International Championships - 1938 Wiesbaden Championships - 1938 Exhibition - Japan - 1938 R.C. Canottieri Roma - 1938 Rotterdam Anglo Dutch - 1938 Wimbledon - 1937 US Open - 1937 Newport Casino - 1937 Pacific Coast Championship - 1937 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1937 Seabright Invitational - 1937 Queens Club Tournament - 1937 Pacific Southwest Championships - 1937 Japan International Championships - 1937 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1937 Germany vs. Japan Exhibition - 1937 Japan International Championships - 1936 Japan International Championships - 1935

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