The Prince of Tennis
Season 1, Episode 22
Episode 22
Air date
March 13, 2002 (Japan)
January 16, 2007(English)
Episode Guide
Is the Tennis Court Burning Up?

Here Comes Inui's Deluxe Drink!

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Kaoru's Troubles ( 薫の災難, "Kaoru no Sainan") is the twenty-second episode of the series and the second in the Seigaku Training arc.

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


Ryoma and Momoshiro will go shopping, and then the thief appear. Momo chase after the thief and meet Kamio. Kamio misunderstood what Momo did to his bicycle. Both of them fight until they arrived to tennis court. In tennis court, Atobe was forcing Ann to date with him. Kamio and Momo dislike it, and then make a double pair to fight against Atobe-Kabaji. If Atobe win, Ann must date with him. In another place, Ryoma is battling Fudomine's, Shinji Ibu for grip tape, and Kaido just seems to have the worst of luck.

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 Masaya Ikeda are the ones that go shopping originally.
  • The thief appears 3 times, with Kaido being on the receiving end each time, in the anime. He only appeared once in the manga.
  • Ryoma and Shinji Ibu of Fudomine fight over who gets the last grip tape in the anime, this is shown nowhere in the manga.
  • During the events with Momoshiro, Ryoma accidentally meets Kiyosumi Sengoku in the manga but this is shown earlier in the anime.