Hiroyuki Endo
Hiroyuki Endo JPN.jpg
Personal information
CountryJapan
Born (1986-12-16) 16 December 1986 (age 35)
Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan
ResidenceTokyo, Japan
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Retired9 September 2021[1]
HandednessRight
Men's doubles
Highest ranking2 (with Kenichi Hayakawa 19 June 2014)
BWF profile

Hiroyuki Endo (遠藤 大由, Endō Hiroyuki, born 16 December 1986) is a retired Japanese badminton player. He competed at the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.[2][3] In 2009, he joined the Unisys badminton team.[4]

Career

Endo won the 1st point in the Thomas Cup finals with Kenichi Hayakawa beating Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How and led the momentum for the Japanese team to claim the Thomas Cup for the first time, being the fourth nation to win the Thomas cup after Indonesia, China and Malaysia. Known for his defensive skills alongside his knowledge of the game, Endo has reached the finals of the All England Open tournament a total of 5 times, being the runner up three times with his then partner, Kenichi Hayakawa and winning back to back titles, defending his 2020 All England Open title in 2021 with his current partner, Yuta Watanabe.

In July 2021, Endo competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in the men's doubles partnering Yuta Watanabe. They were stopped in the quarter-finals, losing to Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin, the eventual champions, in straight games.[5]

Retirement

At the beginning of September 2021 Hiroyuki Endo, at that time World No. 5 together with Yuta Watanabe, decided to resign from the Japanese National badminton team. This announcement just after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was made together with the announcement of retirements of men's doubles compatriots Keigo Sonoda and Takeshi Kamura.[6] Endo, already 34 at the time of his retirement, wanted his partner Yuta Watanabe to fully concentrate on playing men’s doubles with him and stop playing mixed doubles for some time. When he could not come to an agreement with Watanabe, he chose to retire. Meanwhile Yuta, because he won the mixed doubles bronze medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, still wanted to play both disciplines.[7] “Thank you for your hard work as a National representative! You stayed as an A team member for 13 years. You piled up the endurance day by day. I guess you could do it because you hate to lose. I know you have been going through a lot of things, but you are amazing!” wrote Endo’s wife on twitter. Endo became coach of his badminton club Nihon Unisys in Japan after his retirement.

Hiroyuki Endo
Hiroyuki Endo

Achievements

BWF World Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia Japan Kenichi Hayakawa China Liu Xiaolong
China Qiu Zihan
16–21, 23–21, 20–22
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Qingdao Sports Centre Conson Stadium,
Qingdao, China
Japan Kenichi Hayakawa South Korea Kim Gi-jung
South Korea Kim Sa-rang
12–21, 16–21
Silver
Silver
2013 Taipei Arena,
Taipei, Taiwan
Japan Kenichi Hayakawa South Korea Kim Gi-jung
South Korea Kim Sa-rang
21–19, 13–21, 14–21
Bronze
Bronze
2019 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
Japan Yuta Watanabe Indonesia Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–18, 21–3
Gold
Gold

BWF World Tour (4 titles, 5 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[8] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[9]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Malaysia Open Super 750 Japan Yuta Watanabe Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
8–21, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Thailand Open Super 500 Japan Yuta Watanabe Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
17–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Korea Open Super 500 Japan Yuta Watanabe Japan Takuro Hoki
Japan Yugo Kobayashi
9–21, 21–15, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Japan Yuta Watanabe China Li Junhui
China Liu Yuchen
15–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 German Open Super 300 Japan Yuta Watanabe Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
15–21, 21–11, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 New Zealand Open Super 300 Japan Yuta Watanabe Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
22–20, 15–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Japan Yuta Watanabe Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
22–24, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Yuta Watanabe Indonesia Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–18, 12–21, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Yuta Watanabe Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
21–15, 17–21, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

BWF Superseries (7 runners-up)

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[10] was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels were Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consisted of twelve tournaments around the world that had been introduced since 2011.[11] Successful players were invited to the Superseries Finals, which were held at the end of each year.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 China Masters Japan Kenichi Hayakawa China Chai Biao
China Zhang Nan
18–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 World Superseries Finals Japan Kenichi Hayakawa Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
17–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 All England Open Japan Kenichi Hayakawa China Liu Xiaolong
China Qiu Zihan
11–21, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 China Masters Japan Kenichi Hayakawa South Korea Ko Sung-hyun
South Korea Lee Yong-dae
23–25, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 All England Open Japan Kenichi Hayakawa Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
19–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 French Open Japan Kenichi Hayakawa Denmark Mathias Boe
Denmark Carsten Mogensen
21–18, 9–21, 7–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 All England Open Japan Kenichi Hayakawa Russia Vladimir Ivanov
Russia Ivan Sozonov
23–21, 18–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (3 titles, 3 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Australian Open Japan Kenichi Hayakawa South Korea Kang Woo-kyum
South Korea Park Tae-sang
21–15, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Australian Open Japan Kenichi Hayakawa Japan Naoki Kawamae
Japan Shoji Sato
21–17, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Russian Open Japan Kenichi Hayakawa Japan Naoki Kawamae
Japan Shoji Sato
18–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Indonesia Grand Prix Gold Japan Kenichi Hayakawa Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Bona Septano
13–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 U.S. Open Japan Kenichi Hayakawa Japan Yoshiteru Hirobe
Japan Kenta Kazuno
21–15, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 German Open Japan Kenichi Hayakawa Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
19–21, 21–14, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (1 runner-up)

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Osaka International Japan Yoshiteru Hirobe Japan Hirokatsu Hashimoto
Japan Noriyasu Hirata
21–16, 21–23, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

References

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  3. ^ "Endo/Hayakawa Clinch Thriller: Day 1 Session 1 – Rio 2016". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 17 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
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