Athletes

Fresh new star of the Quad category Wheelchair Tennis

SUGENO Koji

Nickname:Suge

i enjoy

"It feels good when I put all my energy into a smash or a forehand shot, and win a point."

  • Sport
    Wheelchair Tennis
  • DOB
    1981-08-24
  • Sex
    Male
  • Birth place
    Ageo City, Saitama
  • Team
    Recruit
  • Position/Class
    Quad
  • Results
    ・2018 BNP Paribas Open deFrance (France)
     Singles (Quad): 1st Place
     Doubles (Quad): 3rd Place
    ・2018 Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games (Indonesia)
     Singles (Quad): 2nd Place
     Doubles (Quad): 1st Place
    ・2018 28th All-Japan Selected Wheelchair Tennis Masters (Chiba) - Singles (Quad): 1st Place
    ・2019 Bendigo Wheelchair Tennis Open 2019 (Australia) - Singles (Quad): Eliminated in semi-finals
    ・2019 Cajun Classic (U.S.)
     Singles (Quad): 1st Place
     Doubles (Quad): 2nd Place
    ・2019 JAPAN OPEN 2019 (Fukuoka)
     Singles (Quad): Eliminated in semi-finals
     Doubles (Quad): 2nd Place
    ・2019 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup (Israel) - Quad: 1st Place
    ・2019 BNP Paribas Open de France (France)
     Singles (Quad): Eliminated in semi-finals
     Doubles (Quad): 2nd Place
  • A cervical spine injury in a motorcycle accident, when he was a first-year in high school, left him with some paralysis below the neck. Started playing wheelchair basketball, then wheelchair tennis, after an acquaintance gave him a wheelchair used for tennis. Started off in the lighter-impairment Men’s category, despite his handicaps (weaker grip, etc.), but decided in 2016 to switch to the Quad category, which is open only to players with impairment in three or more of their limbs. Quickly became the No. 1 ranked player in Japan, and has come in near the top for many international tournaments.