The Prince of Tennis (Tennis no Ojisama) is a popular Japanese shonen manga series written and illustrated by Takeshi Konomi. The title is often shortened to TeniPuri, a portmanteau of the two parts in the Japanese pronunciation of the words 'Tennis Prince'. The manga was first published in Japan in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in July 1999, and ended publication on March 3, 2008. A total of 379 chapters were serialized, spanning 42 volumes. As of volume 40, the manga has sold over 40 million copies in Japan. News that a sequel to the manga series was going to be developed was announced in the December issue of the Japanese manga magazine Jump Square. The new manga series, entitled New Prince of Tennis, began serialization in the Jump Square magazine on March 4, 2009, with the story taking place several months after the end of the original manga. Viz Media acquired the license to distribute the series in English in North America.