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    Tennis Is Bouncing Back in Japan

    Once in decline in the Land of the Rising Sun, the sport is attracting a new generation of fans and players after 21-year-old sensation Naomi Osaka shot to fame by defeating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open. Japan’s tennis-playing population decreased from 4.23 million in 1993 to 3.73 million in 2013, but that figure is climbing: Today, some 4.39 million players are hitting the court, thanks partly to more investment in school programs. And while she’s the most widely recognized, Osaka is only one of several major talents in Japanese tennis.

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