Kenichi Tago

Kenichi Tago (田児 賢一, Tago Ken'ichi, born July 16, 1989) is a male badminton player from Japan, the son of badminton player Yoshiko Yonekura. In 2010, he reached the final of the All England Open Badminton Championships final. En route to the final he beat three seeded players including Nguyen Tien Minh, Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai. In the final, Tago lost to the first seed and reigning World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia with a score of 21–19 and 21–19,[1] following an incorrect line call in Lee Chong Wei's favour at matchpoint.[2] In 2012, he competed at the London 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's singles event, but did not advance to the knock-out stage after being defeated by Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka with a score of 18–21, 16–21.[3] In 2014, he reached the Indonesia Open final after a shocking win over Lee Chong Wei in the semifinal but could not keep up his good form and went on to lose by straight games in the final to Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark. He competed at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games.

Kenichi Tago
Yonex IFB 2013 - Quarterfinal - Kenichi Tago vs Tommy Sugiarto 02.jpg
Kenichi Tago at the 2013 French Super Series.
Personal information
Country Japan
Born (1989-07-16) July 16, 1989 (age 31)
Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Men's singles
Highest ranking3 (April 3, 2014)
Current rankingDeregistered Indefinitely
BWF profile


Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India   Wang Zhengming 14–21, 21–19, 16–21   Bronze

BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2007 Waitakere Trusts Stadium, Waitakere City, New Zealand   Chen Long 16–21, 14–21   Silver

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2006 Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Han Ki-hoon 21–13, 16–21, 26–24   Gold

BWF SuperseriesEdit

The BWF Superseries, launched on December 14, 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 Indonesia Open   Jan Ø. Jørgensen 18–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2013 French Open   Jan Ø. Jørgensen 19–21, 21–23   Runner-up
2013 Japan Open   Lee Chong Wei 21–23, 17–21   Runner-up
2013 India Open   Lee Chong Wei 15–21, 21–18, 17–21   Runner-up
2012 Malaysia Open   Lee Chong Wei 6–21, 13–21   Runner-up
2011 French Open   Lee Chong Wei 16–21, 11–21   Runner-up
2010 All England Open   Lee Chong Wei 19–21, 19–21   Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 Belgian International   Chetan Anand 21–16, 15–21, 21–19   Winner
2007 Korea International   Shon Seung-mo 15–21, 21–18, 10–21   Runner-up
2007 Scottish International   Björn Joppien 11–21, 21–15, 21–18   Winner
2007 Swedish International   Jens Kristian Leth 21–15, 21–15   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Includes results against Olympic quarterfinals, Worlds semifinalists, and Super Series finalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.[4]

Gambling scandalEdit

In October 2015, Kenichi Tago was kicked out of Japan's national team by Park Joo-bong because of indiscipline, after he repeatedly missed training sessions and was proving to be a bad influence to other players.[5] On April 8, 2016, Tago admitted to squandering 10 million Japanese yen over a period of 2 years after making over 60 visits to illegal casinos. Gambling in Japan is illegal, with frequent gambling punishable with imprisonment of up to 3 years.[6]


  1. ^ "All England: Chong Wei Crowned All England Champion". Bernama. Bernama. March 15, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "Video replay shows final shot to be out". YouTube. YouTube. March 15, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  3. ^ "Tago exits in badminton first round". The Japan Times. July 31, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Tournaments of Kenichi Tago
  5. ^ "Bad boy Tago axed from Japan national team - Badminton | The Star Online". Retrieved 2016-04-08. “It was a difficult decision to make, but we had to do it because we did not want his action to influence others in the national team,” said head coach Park Joo-bong, who added that Tago was dropped after the Japan Open last month. “Without him, our strength in men’s singles will be diluted, but we had no choice because he broke the national camp rules several times.” It is learnt that Tago did not report for centralised training and preferred more personal attention. Joo-bong believes that the axing of Tago would keep others in check. “If this can happen to Tago, it can happen to anyone in the national team,” he said.
  6. ^ "Tearful Tago wants mercy for Momota over casino visit". Reuters India. Retrieved 2016-04-08.

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