“First published in Japan in 1999 by Shueisha Inc., Tokyo”—T.p. recto.
R to L (Japanese Style). SynchroShuichiro and Eiji are down 3-6 at tie break in their quarterfinal match against Hyotei's Ohtori and Shishido. With their backs against the wall, the Golden Pair unveil their final technique: Synchro. And then it's down to the No. 1 Singles match, with all of Seishun's hopes resting on Ryoma's shoulders as he struggles against Hyotei's captain, Keigo Atobe. Four-time consecutive U.S. Junior tournament champ Ryoma Echizen comes to Seishun Academy to further his reign as “The Prince of Tennis.” His skill is matched only by his attitude—irking some but impressing all as he leads his team to the Nationals and beyond
A member of the tennis club in junior and senior high-school, Konomi submitted his work to Weekly Shonen Jump after graduation from university and was debuted in a special edition of the magazine in 1993 with TETSUJIN SEKAI ICHI KATAI OTOKO. In 1997, his COOL RENTAL BODYGUARD manga became serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, followed by THE PRINCE OF TENNIS in 1992. Because of THE PRINCE OF TENNIS, the number of children in Japan who have taken up tennis as a sport has increased exponentially, and the tennis club has become one of the more popular school clubs in junior high today, creating a hug