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Ichiya Kumagae

Full name: Ichiya Kumagae
Original name: 熊谷 一弥
Gender: Male
Height: 5-3.5 (162 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: September 10, 1890 in Omuta, Fukuoka, Japan
Died: August 16, 1968 in Omuta, Fukuoka, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Tennis

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Ichiya Kumagae was the first Japanese tennis player to play internationally, competing at the 1913 Far Eastern Games in Manila, where he reached the singles semi-finals and doubles final. In 1915 he won the singles and doubles at the Far Eastern Games in Shanghai. Kumagae competed at the US Open in 1916 and played in 60 tournaments in the United States during a three-month tour, ranking #5 in the US that year. He continued to compete in the United States, ranking #3 in 1919, when he was world-ranked #7. He made the semi-finals at the 1918 US Open, and won the 1919 Great Lakes Championships, defeating Bill Tilden in the final.

Kumagae won two silver medals at the 1920 Olympics, in singles and doubles, partnered by [Seiichiro Kashio] in the latter. Kumagae captained the 1921 Japanese Davis Cup team, leading them to the final, where they lost to the United States, still the best finish ever for a Japanese Davis Cup squad through 2015. He was 5-1 in Davis Cup before losing all three of his matches against the United States. After World War II Kumagae coached the Japanese national team and wrote a technical manual on tennis in Japanese.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Men's Singles Japan JPN 2 Silver
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Men's Doubles Japan JPN 2 Silver

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Japan JPN Final Round Match 1/2 2 1920-08-23 Raymond (RSA) 3, Kumagae (JPN) 1 1
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Japan JPN Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1920-08-22 Kumagae (JPN) 3, Winslow (RSA) 0 3
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Japan JPN Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1920-08-21 Kumagae (JPN) 3, Dodd (RSA) 0 3
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Japan JPN Round Three Match #5 1 Kumagae (JPN) 3, Lammens (BEL) 0 3
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Japan JPN Round Two Match #8 1 Kumagae (JPN) 3, de Laveleye (BEL) 0 3
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Japan JPN Round One Match #4 1 1920-08-16 Kumagae (JPN) 3, Alonso (ESP) 0 3

Men's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Japan JPN Seiichiro Kashio Final Round Match 1/2 2 GBR-2 3, JPN 1 1
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Japan JPN Seiichiro Kashio Semi-Finals Match #1 1 JPN 3, FRA-1 1 3
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Japan JPN Seiichiro Kashio Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 JPN 3, RSA-1 1 3
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Tennis Japan JPN Seiichiro Kashio Round Two Match #3 1 JPN 3, BEL-3 0 3
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