Upon entering Seigaku Junior high school, Ryoma is introduced by a classmate, Horio Satoshi, who also will join the tennis club. As Ryoma ignores him, he bumps into a 2nd year student, who gives him a lecture on to look where he going. As Ryoma and Horio are greeted by two other 1st year students, Katou Kachirou and Mizuno Tetsuo, who inform them that practice has been canceled due to the fact the 2nd and 3rd year players have gone on a trip. Two 2nd year students approach them and offer them a chance to win 10,000yen. If they can hit the can and knock it over in 10 tries or less they win. Little did they know it was a scam set up by them to milk them for 5,000+ yen? As they try to coax Ryoma, he tells them no matter how you hit it, it will not knock over. He serves the ball and hits the tip of it opening the can and revealing the stones they have put in, just as he said they did. As he continued to hit the can in every serve, he asks, "Will you senpai's give me a million yen if I hit it 100 times in a row?" They start to scold him, and a dark figure comes out and smashes the can. It is 2nd year Regular, Momoshiro Takeshi. He warns the other two to stop while they are ahead and they leave. As they are walking, Ryuzaki Sakano (Sumire's granddaughter) is walking with her friend Tomoka, who asks her, "Why did you take up tennis all of the sudden?" Sakuno's answer was little short and cut off by a woman, Shiba, a reporter from a monthly Tennis Magazine, who asks where the Tennis Courts are. Shortly after that, her senpai, Inoue joins them and they walk together to the Tennis Courts to see them. As they arrive, Sakuno recognizes Ryoma and Tomoka are instantly taken by him. At the same time Inoue recognizes the name, Echizen Ryoma. Momoshiro challenges Ryoma to a match because he's heard from Ryuzaki-sensei that he can perform "Twist Serve". They start to play, but unknown to all except for Ryoma, Momoshiro plays with a hurt ankle. Ryoma starts off with a regular slice serve, in which Momoshiro tells him to cut to it and serve that "Twist Serve". After he serves it, Momoshiro and the others are stunned to see a 12 year old boy being able to serve like that. After several more serves, Momoshiro is able to pick the timing out to return the ball, as he does this Ryoma decides to switch hands and this tells Momoshiro that it's time to stop. He gives up and tells him he doesn't want to play anymore. Inoue and the others are very surprised by this and Inoue tells shiba, "Just call him 'Junior Samurai'". As Ryoma walks home he finally remembers who Sakuno is, but it's too late.