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Next Stage (ネクストステージ Nekusuto Suteeji) is the 99th chapter of manga, Baby Steps.
Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit
- Ryuhei Aoi
- Eiichiro Maruo
- Yukichi Fukazawa
- Hiroshi Araya
- Takayuki Okada
- Hisashi Kanda (flashback)
- Yoshiaki Ide (flashback)
- Kisya Miyamoto
- Yu Nabae
Eiichiro takes some stretching and weight training in order for him to utilize his fast serve. A week after, Eiichiro goes to All Japan Junior Indoor Selectional to watch and take notes.
Eiichiro takes stretching exercises in order for his joints to be flexible and will have a wider range of his whip. He also takes overhead presses for building muscles around upper arm and shoulders because it is important to have the right type of muscles at the right place and amount, as the unnecessary muscles will hinder the movement of his joints. Coach Aoi also comments that STC may not have video facilities like in Florida but they have the facilities in order to improve the physical and mental abilities of a tennis player.
A week later, Eiichiro goes to All Japan Junior Indoor Selectional in order to gather notes to the tennis players who will play in the event. While he is taking notes, he meets Miyamoto from "Tennis Times" and Nabae, who will be interviewed by Miyamoto before the match. While Miyamoto and Nabae are having interview, Aoi tells Eiichiro that right now, Eiichiro may be a "nobody" in the tennis world, it will be different in the future.