Kento Momota is a professional badminton player from Japan. Kento Momota is well-known for his powerful court moves as a left-handed player. Kento won the Thomas Cup in 2014 and the Singapore Open the following year. He became the first Japanese player to win a Super Series in men’s singles after winning the title.
After an incident on way to Malaysia, Momota considered giving up his career entirely.
The car accident on the way to Kula Lampur International Airport nearly crushed Kento’s spirit.
Despite all of this, Momota’s badminton ranking remained unaffected.
Early Childhood, Education, and Family
Kento Momota was born in Mino, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, on September 1, 1994.
Kento is the son of Nobuhiro Momota, a well-known Japanese actor, and Michiyo Momota, his mother.
Kento, like his parents, is the second child and has one sister, Momota Meiko.
He also doesn’t have a brother. Kento, a Japanese badminton player who is Asian in ancestry, is the world’s top-ranked player.
Momota is recognized as a tremendously brilliant badminton player who had incredible potential during his youth bouts.
When he was in the second grade of elementary school, he used to play badminton with his parents.
Not to mention, during his elementary school years, tiny Momota won the All Japan Elementary School Championships.
This was his first accomplishment in life.
Kento went to Fukuoka Prefecture Junior High School after finishing elementary school.
He won the All-Japan Junior High School Championships once more in his junior year.
Momota began his professional career in badminton after graduating from Fukuoka High School.
Age, Height, and Body Dimensions
Kento Momota is 27 years old as of 2022.
Momota stands 5 feet and 9inches tall and weighs around 68 kilos.
Kento has a decent physique measurement as an athlete, while exact measurements are unavailable.
Momota has a set of stunning blazing black eyes that run the length of her face.
He also looks gorgeous with his earthy-colored hair.
Facts of Kento Momota
|Full Name||Kento Momota|
|Name in Japanese||桃田賢斗|
|Birth Date||September 1, 1994|
|Birth Place||Mino, Kagawa, Japan|
|Education||Fukushima Prefectural Tomioka Senior High School|
|Father’s Name||Nobuhiro Momota|
|Mother’s Name||Not Available|
|Age (as of 2020)||27 years old|
|Height||1.75 m (5’9″)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Shoe Size (UK)||Not available|
|Body Measurement||Not available|
|Racquet||Yonex Astrox 99 Racquet|
|Plays for||National Team (Japan)|
|Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings||#1 (Men’s singles)|
|Net Worth (approx.)||$3 Million|
|Salary (as per 2019)||$120,000|
|Playing Status||2011 to present|
|Social Media||Facebook, Instagram, Twitter|
|Merch||Kento Moota Edition Yonex Racket, Yonex Limited Edition Men’s Indoor Court Shoes|
|Last Update||May, 2022|
Net Worth & Career Earnings
Kento Momota’s net worth is estimated to be $3 millions.
Back in 2019, his yearly income was expected to be approximately $120,000. It sure;y must have gone up by now.
Likewise, the two times World Champion Momota brings all of his attractive cash through his profession.
Apart from this, Momota is also heavily befitted from the endorsement and sponsor deals with several brands. In addition, he is the ambassador of Herbalife nutrition.
Momota, who is ranked first as of March 2021, has been playing badminton since he was a toddler.
Kento began playing badminton while he was in the first grade of elementary school.
Kento is well-known for his powerful court moves as a left-handed player.
When Momota was in sixth grade, he won a major title in Japan’s tournament, the All Japan Elementary School Championships.
Momota would have chosen baseball instead if he hadn’t won the championship.
After winning, though, he realized his badminton talent and chose to pursue it.
Despite the fact that Momota’s badminton career began in junior high, he rose to prominence in the sport only after competing in a larger event, the 2011 World Junior Championships in Taiwan.
Kento won a bronze medal despite losing in the semi-final round to Malaysian Zulfadli Zulkiffli.
Kento lost the finals game in the same competition in Japan at the end of 2011.
Kenichi Tago, the champion of the All Japan Badminton Championship, defeated him.
The Nippon Badminton Association, on the other hand, recognized his abilities (NBA).
Kento then joined the Japanese national squad and began competing in numerous championships for the country.
Since then, young Momota has continued to shine brightly in his career and is currently the world’s top-ranked men’s singles badminton player.
Even though the 2011 Championship knocked Kento out in the semifinal round, he did not stop learning from his losses.
Instead, the talented and young Momota kept pushing himself. Finally, he won the 2012 Asia Junior Championship, avenging his defeat from 2011.
South Korea hosted the competition. He also defeated Malaysian representative Soong Joo Ven in two straight games, winning 21-13 and 22-20.
Kento won the World Junior Championship later that year after defeating Chinese participant Xue Song.
He also brought home the gold medal for his country.
Kento officially joined the NTT badminton club in 2013. (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation).
Following that, he began competing in youth contests and appeared in different superseries throughout 2013.
Results and standings from the tournament
Kento won the Thomas Cup in 2014 and the Singapore Open the following year.
He became the first Japanese player to win a Super Series in men’s singles after winning the title.
Similarly, Momota made history by earning a medal in the Men’s Singles category at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Championship in Jakarta.
Kento became the first Japanese player to win a medal in the famous tournament despite losing in the semi-finals to Chen Long.
Momota also won the 2015 BWF World Superseries Final in Dubai in the same year. He competed in the Asia Team Championship in Hyderabad the following year.
Unfortunately, Kento did not have a good year in 2016. Four months before the Rio Olympics, he was suspended for almost a year by the Nippon Badminton Association (NBA).
After confessing to a gambling controversy in which he visited an illicit casino, the NBA suspended Momota.
Guinness Book of World Records achievement
Kento returned to the national team in 2017 almost a year after being suspended. He had won several championships and titles in badminton during his career.
In addition, he is the “most badminton men’s singles titles in a season” according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The talented badminton player, however, was unable to compete in the 2018 All England Open due to his low points.
Despite this, he won the 2018 Asian Championship in Wuhan, China, by defeating Shi Yuqi.
Momota’s career was highlighted by four BWF titles, including the Indonesia Open, Japan Open, Denmark Open, and Fuzhou China Open.
In September, Kento became the first Japanese men’s single badminton player to reach the top of the BWF World Rankings.
Kento won his first title of the season after winning the German Open, a Super 300 tournament, in 2019.
Similarly, Kento defeated Viktor Axelsen in the All England Open championship, becoming the first Japanese player to win the tournament.
Momota won his second Asian Championship title in Wuhan after defeating Shi Yuqi in three games in April.
Likewise, Kento also won the Singapore and Japan Open titles. During his 2019 season, he won the World Tour Finals’ 11th title by beating Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.
As the men’s singles world no. 1, Kento started his 2020 season by competing in Malaysia Masters as the first seed.
He defeated Kashyap Parupalli and H.S. Prannoy from India in the first and second rounds in the two straight games.
Grievously, Momota was involved in an accident after returning from Malaysia’s Master’s game.
Personal Life & Wife
When it comes to relationships, as an athlete, Kento Momota has remained a hush-hush individual.
Correspondingly, the 27 year old young player has never spoken a word about his romantic life.
Likewise, he opts to keep his private life secret as opposed to his professional life. Not to mention, there are neither any rumors about him dating young ladies nor having a wife.
It shows that, as an athlete and a competitor, Momota seems to be focusing more on his professional life and career rather than indulging himself in relationships.
Therefore, Kento, as of now, is single and unmarried.
An accident that almost changed his life
On Sunday, Momota had an easy win against Denmark’s former world champion, Viktor Axelsen. This was Kento’s first BWF 2020 World Tour season win.
However, the world’s top-ranked male Japanese badminton player was involved in a mishap en route to the administrative capital of Putrajaya.
He was injured in a pre-dawn vehicle collision. The incident happened at around 4:40 am on Monday in Malaysia after Kento captured the Malaysia Masters title.
According to the local fire and rescue department, the hired van where the players were, rammed into the rear of a 30-ton truck.
And as per the report, the truck was moving at a slow pace. In the accident, Momota, along with the three other badminton players, were lightly injured.
However, the following accident killed a 24-year-old van driver, Bavan Nageswarau, on the spot at around 4.45 am.
The Rescue Department said that the injured passengers were hurried to the Putrajaya Medical clinic for immediate treatment.
According to the doctors, all four injured patients were recovering well and were in stable condition.
Mr. Saddiq said that the doctors monitored them closely and were doing their best to ensure that they recovered well.
Consequently, the fatal crash evicted Badminton’s No.1 player Momota from Kuala Lampur Open.
The mishap clouded Kento’s prospect of participating in the 2020 Olympics that was going to be held in Japan in July.
Moreover, Japan’s Badminton Association’s spokesperson said that Kento would be aiming to return to the court for England’s Championship in March if he recovers fully.
Social Media Presence
As a popular athlete, Momota is quite active on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
To know more about his daily life and activities, do follow him on his various social networking sites.
His Instagram has 314k followers, his Twitter has 137.6k followers and his Facebook has 4.6k followers.