by JAMES HENRY
ATLANTA – Just 20 years old, Yoshihito Nishioka is maturing quickly.
The Japanese tennis player used to be temperamental on the tennis court, even smashing his rackets.
But that changed at this year’s Wimbledon Championships.
Defeating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan, Frederico Ferreira Silva of Portugal and Quentin Halys of France, Nishioka fought his way through qualifying to the main draw.
He lost in the first round to Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, but the experience had a profound effect.
“Before, I was very emotional, throwing rackets and getting frustrated. But I’ve been more calm since Wimbledon,” he said.