Japanese Wheelchair Tennis Star Kunieda to Retire


Tokyo, Jan. 22 (Jiji Press)--Japanese wheelchair tennis star Shingo Kunieda, who tops the world rankings, said on Sunday that he will retire from competition.

"I've made the decision as I came to feel strongly that I have done enough," the 38-year-old said on Twitter. "I've had a marvelous life as a wheelchair tennis player."

Kunieda will hold a press conference Feb. 7.

He is the world's first male wheelchair tennis player who has completed a career Golden Slam of all four Grand Slam tournaments and the Paralympics.

According to the International Tennis Federation, Kunieda won a Grand Slam tournament 28 times in singles and 22 times in doubles.

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