Shingo Kunieda

After being treated for spinal cancer, Shingo Kunieda started his wheelchair tennis career at age 11, and then joined the international circuit at 17. He won Paralympic gold in Beijing in 2008 and, with Satoshi Saida won doubles gold at 2004 Athens 2004 and bronze in 2008 Beijing.

Kunieda has won a total of 20 Grand Slam since 2006, including 11 in singles. He was ITF Word Champion Tour for four successive years from 2007 to 2010 and was year-end doubles n°1 in 2007.
After losing his semifinal at the Wheelchair Tennis Masters in November 2007, Kunieda was unbeaten for the next three years, building-up a 106-match winning steak before losing to Stéphane Houdet in the semifinals of the 2010 Masters.

Kunieda’s run of consecutive Grand Slam singles titles came to an end at Roland Garros in June 2011, when he was beaten in the semifinals by Maikel Scheffers. Altough he bounced back to win the US Open in New York, injury denied him the opportunity of contesting the year-end Wheelchair Tennis Masters and his four year-reign as world n°1 was ended by Maikel Scheffers in December 2011.

Shingo could become the first player to win two men’s singles Paralympic titles.

Just to play the game is what I’m looking forward to the most about London. To win a gold medal in both singles and doubles is my biggest goal.

Pic: ITF Olympic book

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