Kenichi Tago

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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 27)
Chiba, Japan
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Handedness Right
Men's singles
Highest ranking 3 (April 3, 2014)
Current ranking Suspended
BWF profile
Updated on 10:23 AM, 13 August 2015 (UTC).

Kenichi Tago (田児 賢一 Tago Ken'ichi?, born July 16, 1989 in Chiba) 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 2014, he entered the Indonesia Open final after a shocking win over Lee Chong Wei in the semi final 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.


Year Tournament Venue Placement
2010 All England Super Series Birmingham Runner-Up
2011 French Super Series Paris Runner-Up
2012 Malaysia Super Series Malaysia Runner-up
2013 India Super Series New Delhi Runner-Up
2013 Japan Super Series Tokyo Runner-Up
2013 French Super Series Paris Runner-Up
2014 Indonesia Super Series Premier Jakarta Runner-Up

Record against selected opponents[edit]

Includes results against Olympic quarterfinals, Worlds semifinalists, and Super Series finalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.[3]

Gambling scandal[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]


  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. ^ Tournaments of Kenichi Tago
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Tearful Tago wants mercy for Momota over casino visit". Reuters India. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 

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