The Nationals Begin! After arriving at the Nationals, Seishun scouts their upcoming opponents: their old rivals Rokkaku and an unknown team from Okinawa, Higa Junior High. After watching Higa mow through their first-round match-ups, the Seishun players are taken aback by the team's dominance. But there's no time for doubt--the second round is starting, and it's Ryoma versus Higa's heavy hitter, the giant Kei Tanishi and his unreturnable "Big Bang" serve.
Ryoma Echizen just joined the Seishun Academy's tennis team, which is known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. Its members are incredibly talented, gifted, and athletic. With rigorous and extremely intense practices, the upperclassmen of the team expect the very best from themselves and they expect even more from the new members of the team. While most of the freshmen are on pins and needles hoping they won't get cut from the team, Ryoma Echizen is confident, cool, and collected. Some might even say he's cocky, but at least he's got the skills to back up his attitude. Ryoma Echizen is the Prince of Tennis. He may be ready for the Seishun Academy tennis team, but are THEY ready for HIM?