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Kento Momota is the new men’s World Number One!

Date
27 September 2018

Sept. 27, 2018 — Kento Momota has capped an epic comeback run today, as BWF announced its new World Rankings, and Momota sits at the very top. He becomes the first Japanese man ever to obtain badminton’s top ranking.

Momota’s comeback story has been nothing short of incredible. After reaching World No. 4 in 2016, he found himself ranked 282 upon his return to the sport in July of 2017. Unable at that rank to qualify for Superseries tournaments, he had to work his way through the Challenger circuit in order to begin to compete at the top level again.

However, in just over the span of a year, through unwavering determination, Momota has climbed to the pinnacle of badminton success, with wins at badminton’s premiere events, including the World Championships this past August, as well as the Indonesian Open and Japan Open.

While he’s now made a strong case for being a favorite for a Gold Medal in front of a home crowd at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he'll still have to take each tournament as they come to maintain his new ranking. Yonex is happy to congratulate him on his achievement and looks forward to his future dazzling displays of talent and success.

Full BWF rankings

Kento MomotaASTROX 99AEROBITEPOWER CUSHION 65 Z MEN