Road to Rio

Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair Tennis Japan

Shingo Kunieda

Two-time Paralympic men’s singles champion (London 2012 and Beijing 2008). Paralympic men’s doubles champion (Athens 2004) 18 grand slam titles (singles and doubles)
Full name: Shingo Kunieda Date and location of birth: 21 February 1984 - Tokyo, Japan
Height: 1.73m Weight: 66kg
Classification: Open Challenge: Shingo became paralysed in his lower body after suffering a tumour in his spinal cord at the age of nine

Trivia

Started playing wheelchair tennis aged 11 Hobby Shogi, Japanese chess
Likes to collect and read comics Favourite film Armageddon
Best moment All three times he won a gold medal at the Paralympic Games Worst moment When he injured his elbow

The importance of the Paralympic Games

Idols

“The Paralympic Games can improve facilities and encourage more people to practise sports, but at the same time, I hope they can remove the emotional barriers that able-bodied people sometimes carry.” Roger Federer
Mr Yoshiharu Habu – The champion of shogi
Shingo Kunieda
I feel very honoured when the national anthem is played. I always look back to things like the hard practice I have done, the support from fans, team and family, and the games played.
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