Shingo Kunieda

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”


“Due to a tumor in his spinal cord from when he was 9, he is paralyzed in the lower half of his body. Kunieda uses an Ox Engineering wheelchair. He graduated from Reitaku University Japan and now works for Reitaku University. He was awarded the International Tennis Federation‘s wheelchair male world champion for three consecutive years from 2007 to 2009.

He started his Wheelchair Tennis career aged 11 and joined the international tour circuit at 17 years old. Eight years later aged 25 he became Japan’s first professional Wheelchair Tennis player and won single’s gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games as well double’s gold at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.

In the men’s doubles in Guangzhou he and teammate Satoshi Saida beat Korea  to win gold.  In an all Japanese single’s final Kunieda beat Saida  to pick-up his second gold of the Games.

Career Highlights:

  • Gold medal in the men’s singles event at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
  • China Gold medal in the men’s doubles event at the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games
  • Greece ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champion 2007-2009″

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