|Born||16 July 1989|
Saitama Prefecture, Japan
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Highest ranking||3 (3 April 2014)|
Kenichi Tago (田児 賢一, Tago Ken'ichi, born 16 July 1989) is a former badminton player from Japan. He is the son of former badminton player Yoshiko Yonekura. In 2010, he reached the final of the All England Open Badminton Championships. 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, following an incorrect line call in Lee Chong Wei's favour at matchpoint. In 2012, he competed at the London 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's singles event, but did not advance to the knock-out stage after being defeated by Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka with a score of 18–21, 16–21. In 2014, he reached the Indonesia Open final after a shocking win over Lee Chong Wei in the semifinal 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.
|2010||Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, India||Wang Zhengming||14–21, 21–19, 16–21|
|2007||The Trusts Stadium, Waitakere City, New Zealand||Chen Long||16–21, 14–21|
|2006||Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Han Ki-hoon||21–13, 16–21, 26–24|
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries had two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries featured twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.
|2010||All England Open||Lee Chong Wei||19–21, 19–21||Runner-up|
|2011||French Open||Lee Chong Wei||16–21, 11–21||Runner-up|
|2012||Malaysia Open||Lee Chong Wei||6–21, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2013||India Open||Lee Chong Wei||15–21, 21–18, 17–21||Runner-up|
|2013||Japan Open||Lee Chong Wei||21–23, 17–21||Runner-up|
|2013||French Open||Jan Ø. Jørgensen||19–21, 21–23||Runner-up|
|2014||Indonesia Open||Jan Ø. Jørgensen||18–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2007||Swedish International||Jens Kristian Leth||21–15, 21–15||Winner|
|2007||Scottish International||Björn Joppien||11–21, 21–15, 21–18||Winner|
|2007||Korea International||Shon Seung-mo||15–21, 21–18, 10–21||Runner-up|
|2008||Belgian International||Chetan Anand||21–16, 15–21, 21–19||Winner|
Includes results against Olympic quarterfinals, Worlds semifinalists, and Super Series finalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.
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. On 8 April 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.
“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.