Aussie tennis prodigy dies after collapse on court

AN AUSTRALIAN tennis prodigy hasdied after collapsing on court in mysterious circumstances while training foran ITF event in Nepal this week.

Western Australia’s Kent Yamazaki,15, died in hospital after reportedly collapsing and hitting his head on court.

In a statement, Tennis Australiasaid the Perth product never regained consciousness and died in a Nepalihospital on Wednesday.

The cause of death is still yet tobe confirmed.

Tennis Australia and its WesternAustralian tennis association released a statement confirming the “tragicpassing”.

“The WA Tennis Community is inmourning today after learning of the tragic passing of 15-year-old KentYamazaki,” the statement read.

“Kent was preparing for an ITFevent in Nepal when he fell unconscious and hit his head on the court. Sadly hedidn’t regain consciousness.

“Kent was known for hisinfectious smile and genuine love of the game. He was a true gentleman on andoff the court, and his passion and incredible work ethic saw him rise throughthe ranks and reach great heights in his tennis career, representing WA proudlyat many National events.

“Kent was also a dedicatedState League Player and a regular competitor on the WA Tournament scene. Mostrecently, he was a part of the winning Applecross Senior High School Team thatwon the National Championships in Albury.

“Kent was always the firstplayer at practice, and embodied the National Academy values of compete, commitand respect. He was a favourite among his peers and was well respected by thewider tennis fraternity for his hard work, graciousness and positivity.

“This is a tragic loss and ourthoughts and prayers go out to Tomio, Kimie and all of Kent’s family, friendsand coaches at this incredibly difficult time.”

The Western Australian tenniscommunity has rallied around the parents of the rising tennis talent.

His local club, Alexander ParkTennis Club, also released a statement to pay its respects to its popularmember.

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