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Japan’s Tiger in the tank?
What goes up must at some point come down.
The world of sports is full of examples of bright lights who shone briefly before crashing back down to earth.
Tennis burnout used to grind teenage sensations into the dust with alarming regularity, with even all-time greats such as Bjorn Borg stressed into premature retirement, albeit the Swede was 26 when he made his shock decision to quit.
Every sport has them, prodigious talents who flew too close to the sun, destroying their chances of joining the pantheon of mega-greats.
Japanese sports fans are hoping teenage golfer Ryo Ishikawa does not join the growing list, just two months after making his major debut at April’s U.S. Masters.
The 17-year-old has struggled since his fame has soared beyond the confines of Japan, while his face continues to be splashed across commercials for everything from chocolate bars to language schools and celebrities trip over themselves to be photographed next to the Boy Wonder with the ultra-bright smile.
“Adult” celebrity Mika Kano, one half of Japan’s Kano Sisters, famous for their risqué photo books and unfeasibly large breasts, was the latest, begging several questions of the schoolboy, not least, “Don’t you have homework to do?”
Ishikawa’s golf swing is a thing of beauty and he should be a national treasure. As it stands, his handlers need to make sure they don’t make a boob job of his future.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder