The Prince of Tennis
Season 1, Episode 21
Episode 21
Air date
March 3, 2002 (Japan)
January 2, 2007 (English)
Episode Guide
Time Limit

Kaoru's Troubles

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Is the Tennis Court Burning Up?("テニスコートは燃えているか?", Tenisukōto wa Moeteiruka?) is the twenty-first episode of the series and the first in the Seigaku Training arc.

The opening song is "Future" by Hiro-X and ending is "You Got Game" by Kimeru.


After their win in the Preliminary's, reporters and non-Seigaku students are flocking Seigaku's tennis courts trying to find out the weaknesses. To confront two non-Seigaku students, Momoshiro and Echizen teams up in a doubles game.Spies from all over are.

Characters Introduced

Tennis Techniques Introduced

  • No notable tennis techniques were introduced in this episode

Manga Chapter Equivalents

  • Chapter 44: Game Faces (Two Weeks Before the Tournament)
  • Chapter 45: What's Going On?

Anime and Manga Differences

  • Momoshiro and Ryoma are challenged to a match against two spies in the anime.
  • The spies came after the match against Tezuka vs Ryoma in the manga.


  • Shunsuke, unlike Kenzo, is a canon character that appears in the manga. However, in the manga he remains unnamed and is the one that Fuji Shuusuke sprays water at.