Surprise Victory for Shingo Kunieda at Miami Open Wheelchair Invitational Despite Retirement Announcement

Kunieda, retired champion, defeats world No. 1 Hewett to claim victory at Miami Open

Shingo Kunieda, a retired Japanese wheelchair tennis legend, made a triumphant return to the sport with his victory in the men’s singles final at the first-ever Miami Open Wheelchair Invitational. At 40 years old, Kunieda boasts an impressive career with 28 singles titles and 22 doubles Grand Slam titles, in addition to four Paralympic gold medals.

Kunieda defeated current world No. 1 Alfie Hewett of Britain in a best-of-three sets match to claim the title. Despite announcing his retirement in January of last year, Kunieda proved that he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level with this win at the Miami Open.

Reflecting on his surprising victory, Kunieda expressed his disbelief at defeating the world No. 1 player after taking a year and a half break from the sport. His last competitive match was a loss to Hewett at the 2022 U.S. Open final.

In addition to participating as a player in the tournament, Kunieda also served as its director, showcasing his continued dedication to the sport of wheelchair tennis. His win at the Miami Open is a testament to his skill, experience, and unwavering passion for the game.

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