16 Years Old (16歳 16 sai) is the 52nd chapter of manga, Baby Steps.

Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit


Ike leaves STC after his practices with the members of STC. Coach Miura starts training Eiichiro's body to improve Eiichiro's tennis ability.


After his practice with the STC members, Ike goes back to Florida. Takuma and Natsu continue preparing for the All-Japan Junior Tennis Tournament. Eiichiro has started his training menu with Coach Miura. Given his experience on his match against Ike, Eiichiro views that his mind, body and skills have to improve as well.

The training menu has body transformation as the highest priority with further strengthening of his mind and technique. It is as follows:

  • 35-second practice (including 20-second break) per set
  • 15 repetitions of the set = 2 games
  • A 90-second break after 2 games
  • A total of 6 games will be done

They have started the training with forehand and backhand alteration. Each ball are in the very corner of the court, making Eiichiro barely manages to hit all the balls. This training is for breaking Eiichiro's body in order to form a tennis-oriented body. For the next 2 games, they are doing forehand, backhand, volley and smash routine. Eiichiro wants to slow down the pace but Coach Miura demands Eiichiro to make his body listen to him instead, forcing Eiichiro to stand up and practice more even though he barely stands.


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