Kunieda Retires Tennis
Shingo Kunieda, of Japan, returns a shot to Alfie Hewett, of Britain, during the men's wheelchair singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Sept 11, 2022, in New York. Photo: AP
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Wheelchair tennis ace Shingo Kunieda retires

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Shingo Kunieda, the most successful player in the history of wheelchair tennis, announced his retirement from the sport on Sunday at the age of 38.

The top-ranked Kunieda won 28 Grand Slam singles titles and completed the career Grand Slam of all four majors when he won Wimbledon in 2022.

“I have been thinking about the retirement since my dream came true at Tokyo Paralympics,” the Japan player said on social media. “Last year Wimbledon singles title for the first time made me feel that my energy was little left to compete.

“By capturing the 10th time (as ITF) World Champion, I felt that I had done enough in what I wanted to accomplish and thought it was the right time to retire.”

Kunieda won 11 Australian Open titles, with eight wins at both Roland-Garros and the U.S. Open and one Wimbledon title.

He also won 22 Grand Slam doubles titles and three singles gold medals at the Paralympics, in 2008, 2012, and in Tokyo in 2021. He won a doubles gold medal in 2004.

Billie Jean King, who also completed a career Grand Slam as part of her 12 women's singles major titles, said on Twitter: “Cheers to @shingokunieda, who today announced his retirement from tennis following a 20-year career. He is the first men’s wheelchair tennis player to complete a career Grand Slam, and his 2022 Singles win at Wimbledon was his 50th major title. The journey continues!”

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What a fantastic champion this guy is. He should be a national hero but in truth I hear very little about him. Despite that, I've been a big fan of him since watching him get gold in 2012.

Happy retirement, Mr Kunieda.

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A legend of the sport.

I hope you enjoy your retirement,Shingo.

An awesome athlete if there was ever one.

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I hope Shingo gets the recognition he so deserves in the J media this week. Congratulations on a stellar tennis career Shingo-san!

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I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him twice, a humble and friendly man in addition to being an unparalleled champion.

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Can the downvoters please tell us what they have against him?

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@fatrain--not a downvoter so not sure what their gripe is. Probably not with Kunieda, so it could be your assertion that he is not well known. The national broadcaster has had him on their shows plenty over his 20 year career, and that is about as close as you can get to national hero status in this era. Were you thinking ticker tape parades and national holidays whenever he wins a slam or Olympic medal?

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Torafusu,

The national broadcaster has had him on their shows plenty over his 20 year career, and that is about as close as you can get to national hero status in this era.

I've been here 20 years. I think I've seen him on TV (not playing) fewer than five times. And the wife has the TV on quite often.

Were you thinking ticker tape parades and national holidays whenever he wins a slam or Olympic medal?

You know how Ohtani is a national hero because he's really good at baseball? Or how Matsuyama was the toast of the town for a few months after he won one Masters? Osaka for winning a few grand slams? Yuzuru Hanyuu? They all deserve the accolades, but Kunieda is one of the greatest tennis players to ever live. The only way I can really follow his career was by Instagram.

No, I suspect it's because they haven't like what I've said in other comment sections.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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Tennis ace Shingo Kunieda is a legend. Wishing the world renowned player all the very best.

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