While the Saida Satoshi won three medals in the last six Paralympics he competed, the Iron Man of Wheelchair Tennis is all set for his seventh appearance in Tokyo 2020.
About Saida Satoshi
The man plays tennis professionally in a wheelchair. He was born in 1972 in Mie Prefecture and due to bone cancer, he lost the left leg at the age of 12 but that didn't stop him from being the man he is today. He competed in Paralympic Games that started in Atlanta in the year 1996 and since then he has been competing six times straight and won the gold medal in doubles at Athen in the year 2004 and bronze medal in Beijing in the year 2008. In Rio, he again won in 2016 while being the first player from Japan to receive an award from the International Tennis Federation of World Player.
Saida says that the first Paralympics that he played in Atlanta was a starting point in his career as he was completely unaware of what exactly he is getting into when he played in 1996. It was never easy for him as he felt he was completely out of place and doesn't match technically or physically as he bowed out from doubles and singles competition during the second round itself.
After university, his job as a civil servant gave him enough time to practice Tennis. His wounds of the first match in Atlanta made him realize how important it is to train seriously if he wants to make it to the international level.
It is inspiring how he was sure about his career in Tennis and yet he was trying to figure out about paying his bills. Unfortunately, he had to leave his steady paycheck because of his existence training but due to his hard work Yoshida Munehiro, Yoshida Memorial Tennis Training Center in Kashiwa gave encouragement towards the dreams and later signed a special contract with Ishii Shigeyuki.
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