tennis_no_ko: (soft)
Thank you for the lovely day, Kura~ I hope you enjoyed it. I definitely did.

But I agree with Echizen about the pains of Valentine's Day. Too. Much. Chocolate. I can't eat all of this, not even with Minoru's help! I had four entire cardboard boxes filled with chocolate, for crying out loud! That's far more than last year's haul. I'm considering just going out with a huge basket and throwing them at people randomly. Or melting it down and making an abstract statue with it.

-Seiichi
tennis_no_ko: (default)
It's funny, how these things happen. My mother called today wanting to spend the New Years with us.....around five days too late. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry or just hang up. I told her she'd missed the date and that Minoru was out with her friends anyway, grabbing some freedom days before the next term starts. I hope mother's been eating. But if she's forgotten what day it is, I doubt it. Scientists! Never know what to do with them! Still haven't heard from father. I might just march down to his office and shake him. Or chuck tennis balls at him.

But I've been managing to get some free time, since Minoru's out with friends and filming is on hiatus while everyone returns from holidays. Spent some time with my plants, and I painted some landscapes. I went out to Tokyo street centre and did some paintings of the urban scene and some temples. It was lovely, though I had to ignore the people there, since they wouldn't stand in one place for me!

I had some time to think to myself though, and I've been tossing around ideas for that little miracle of mine. Tell me Echizen, does your father ever enter competitions with magazines and newspapers to win things or go places? Or would you or someone close to you?

-Seiichi
tennis_no_ko: (worried)
I just realized that Echizen's birthday is Christmas Eve. I can't help but think that having your birthday on that day must be a little difficult, since it would always be about Christmas and not your birthday. And he grew up in America, where Christmas is more of a big deal....

I thought it would be nice to have a small (surprise) party for him on the 23rd. Unless you're too tired out from Atobe's party, of course. But just something small and more informal.

-Seiichi
tennis_no_ko: (crying)
I...I won't be participating in the first half of the tennis season this year. Maybe longer. I'm sorry Tezuka, it looks like our showdown may have to be delayed for a while yet. And I'm sorry to you Echizen, Kazuya, since I won't be able to have any official rematches with you two either.

I suppose I owe an explanation for this. It seems auto-immune disorders run in the family. My little sister Minoru has Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis. I knew there was something wrong with her! I just knew it! And it turns out she wasn't telling me this at all. I had to find out the hard way when she just collapsed in the middle of the street. I took her to the hospital and she was already a regular patient and everyone knew her by name just like they knew me. Imagine my surprise when they told me it was getting worse by the day and she is very likely to not be able to walk soon.

My parents can't look after her; they weren't even able to tell that there was something wrong with her in the first place. They were barely around when I was a kid and in the hospital, what's going to guarantee they'll be around for a quasi-adult? She needs someone more reliable to be there for a while, somebody who'll always be there. Or else you just go....utterly mad in a hospital when you can't do anything. You really do.

And it was a difficult decision to make...but I'm no longer the kid from ten years ago, who valued tennis above people. My family comes first. So, I'm sorry. I'll be back in Tokyo earlier than I expected. Minoru'll be living with me now. And I won't be leaving Japan for tournaments for quite a while. Not until she feels more comfortable about living with it. Since there's no cure for it.

I'm cutting out my ranting for those who don't want to read it. )
-Seiichi

[ooc: Strikes deleted]
tennis_no_ko: (ecstatic)
I've reached World Number One in the ATP rankings~ A very sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart to everybody who supported me along the way! I appreciate every single gift, email or kind word in my way.

It was fun playing in the round-robin style tournament, since I got to play all of my opponents, not just a couple like you do with larger tournaments. I can't wait to do it again, especially with the British crowd. (Though I could do without the rainy weather ;A;)

I'll be home for another two whole months without going to another country! I get to relax for a bit. I think I'll stop in Tokyo for a week before going to Kyoto to check on Minoru. In that time, will you meet with me for a meal or something, Genichirou? My treat, since I got paid by Nike today as well :)

And Atobe, I owe you a movie-trip. Contact me about that. Oh, and I must be missing people I need to talk with. I'll contact everyone later, once I've attended the afterparty.

Screened to Shiraishi )

-With all my heart, Seiichi
tennis_no_ko: (determined)
Good game, Echizen. It was a good win at Paris, but I won't let anyone beat me at the World Finals~ I've got too much riding on it.

Private )
tennis_no_ko: (scary)
And my first and probably only foray into the world of music was concluded today while the women's finals happened. That was exhausting. I have a newfound respect for all singers. And that was just one song! I think I might have gone insane if more were involved :/

I think the problem might have been that both Echizen and I were inexperienced and had no idea what they wanted from us and what the machinery did. Everybody was very relieved when the day was over, let's just put it that day. And I thought modelling was stressful....

In any case, we were some of the last people to record, so the charity album will be on sale during the US Open! Go buy it! Echizen and I's duet is not the only famous song on that CD! I'm pretty sure that Federer's got a song on there too, as well as a tonne of other surprise guests from all over the celebrity realm. All proceeds go to Great Ormond Street Hospital, so please donate~

~Seiichi
tennis_no_ko: (gardening)
Hmmm, today was troublesome. Though, it was perhaps my own fault for deciding to install the new bird feeders myself on watering day. I figured they'd leave my plants alone if I designated them an area in my garden for them to go to. I'll have to see how that works in the days to come. But thank you for the CD trick, Akaya, it's working like a charm against the strawberry plants.
And I'm contemplating the pros and cons of getting sprinklers for the plants. On the one hand, it would mean less work for myself, but it's such a waste of water, when a can of water will do the trick.

Echizen, we still need to sort out that CD. Luckily the release date isn't until after the US Open, but I'd rather not procrastinate. I have a few lyrics ideas and musical arrangements...but if you'd prefer to get a studio to write it for us, we can do that too. Do you play any instruments?

Screened to Genichirou )

VICTORY!

Jul. 7th, 2013 09:39 am
tennis_no_ko: (ecstatic)
YES! Wimbledon Championship! I beat Echizen. 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Looks like the scores evened out a little, Echizen. 5-4 now. I'll be looking forward to playing you again. I'll see you tonight at Alain Ducasse.
Atobe, I look forward to paying for once. Bunta, I'll be paying you a visit in about a week.

Thank you everybody, for all of your support. I can't tell you how much it means to me. I'm constantly overwhelmed by how you all honour me and place your faith in me.

Now excuse me while I go babble at my coach and sign stuff for fans....

~Seiichi

EDIT: World Number 2 ATP Ranking! I think I might just die from happiness.
tennis_no_ko: (ecstatic)
So it seems that endless pestering does work. Sanada, welcome to the wonderful world of socialising on the internet. I congratulate you on actually listening to my reasons and I also applaud you for lasting this long.

In other words, Wimbledon is going well. I beat Del Potro today in the quarterfinals but his growth from last year is quite extraordinary. In any case, it looks like we will be facing each other after all, Echizen. I'll see you there.

-Yukimura

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