06 Oct 2012

London 2012 gold medallists meet in Tokyo

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Photo: Japan Tennis AssociationAndy Murray (GBR) and Shingo Kunieda (JPN)

Four-time ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Champion Shingo Kunieda met Andy Murray as the London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic men’s singles gold medallists came face-to-face at the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.

Kunieda met Murray at Monday evening’s official Japan Open welcome reception after the current world No. 3 became the first player to win back-to-back Paralympic men’s singles gold medals when he triumphed at Eton Manor in the Olympic Park in early September. Kunieda had his London 2012 gold medal at hand in Tokyo.

Murray, who became only the second Briton to win a men’s singles gold medal in an Olympic Tennis Event at London 2012, reached Saturday’s men’s singles semifinals at the Japan Open Tennis Championships.

Kunieda’s career successes include six men’s singles titles at the Japan Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships, one of six ITF Super Series tournaments.