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Shingo Kunieda to be Grand Marshal of Japan Parade 2024

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: SHINGO KUNIEDA (JPN) during day fourteen match of the 2018 French Open 2018 on June 9, 2018, at Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire)
Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire

Paralympic 4-time Gold Medalist Shingo Kunieda will be the Grand Marshal of the 3rd Annual Japan Parade in NYC on May 11th. Read the tennis star’s comments on the honor below:

Shingo Kunieda comments on being Grand Marshall

“I am very honored to serve as Grand Marshal of the Japan Parade, and I’m delighted to be involved in this opportunity to promote Japanese culture.

I look forward to marching in the parade with all of you. “

Japan Parade 2024 will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 pm ET at Central Park West starting at 81st St. and ending at 67th St.

About Shingo Kunieda:

Photo By Antoine Couvercelle/dppi/icon Sportswire. Tennis - Grand Slam - Australian Open 2011 - Melbourne Park (Aus) - January 29, 2011:  - Final - Wheelchair - Shingo Kunieda (Jap) Def Stephane Houdet (Fra).

Photo By Antoine Couvercelle/dppi/icon Sportswire. Tennis – Grand Slam – Australian Open 2011 – Melbourne Park (Aus) – January 29, 2011: – Final – Wheelchair – Shingo Kunieda (Jap) Def Stephane Houdet (Fra).

“Widely considered by many as the best wheelchair tennis player in history, Shingo Kunieda is a seven-time International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Champion.

Kunieda is the first wheelchair tennis player to secure a Grand Slam, and the first male wheelchair tennis player to achieve a “Career Grand Slam,” in which a player wins each of the four major championships over the course of their career.

In 2006, Kunieda made history by becoming the first Asian to reach rank No. 1 in the world rankings and in April 2009, Kunieda became the first Japanese wheelchair tennis player to turn pro.

Kunieda also holds four gold and two bronze medals over four Paralympic Games. Dominating the sport for 21 years, he retired from wheelchair tennis in 2023 at the age of 38.

In March 2023, Kunieda became the first Para athlete to receive the People’s Honor Award in Japan. Established in 1977, the award has been presented by Japanese Prime Ministers to people who brought a “light of hope” to society through accomplishments in different fields such as sports and culture.

He has also achieved six Guinness Book of World Records titles.“

More Japan Parade coverage on The Natural Aristocrat®

Be sure to check out:

Mayor Eric Adams: Japan Parade 2023 Proclamation Speech

Kristi Yamaguchi Interview on being Grand Marshal in 2023

George Takei Interview on being Grand Marshal in 2022

Ambassador Mikio Mori Interview: Japan Parade 2023 in NYC

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