Aussie tennis prodigy, 15, dies after devastating on-court incident

The Australian tennis community has been left devastated by the shock death of 15-year-old prodigy Kent Yamazaki.

Tennis Australia confirmed the "tragic passing" of the West Australian youngster, who was rushed to hospital after collapsing on court during a training session in Nepal.

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The Perth product never regained consciousness after his head reportedly hit the court while he was training for an ITF event.

The Western Australian tennis association released a statement confirming the horrible news.

“The WA Tennis Community is in mourning today after learning of the tragic passing of 15 year old Kent Yamazaki,” the statement read.

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

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

Kent Yamazaki died aged 15 after collapsing on court during training in Nepal.
Kent Yamazaki's shock death has left the Australian tennis community shattered. Pic: Facebook

“Kent was also a dedicated State League Player and a regular competitor on the WA Tournament scene. Most recently, he was a part of the winning Applecross Senior High School Team that won the National Championships in Albury.

“Kent was always the first player at practice, and embodied the National Academy values of Compete, Commit and Respect. He was a favourite among his peers and was well respected by the wider tennis fraternity for his hard work, graciousness and positivity.

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

The teenager's local tennis club posted an emotional tribute to the talented youngster, describing him as a "true champion on and off the court".

“Known for his infectious smile, humility and grace, he will be remembered as a true champion on and off the court.

“Today, we are mourning a tragic loss. As a club and broader tennis community, it’s important we look out for and support one another, particularly those who played alongside Kent whether through school, tournaments or league.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tomio and Kimie, and all of Kent’s family and friends. He will be sadly missed.”