A sporting celebrity, instantly recognisable and a darting icon in his home country.
Seigo Asada is one of Japan’s sporting heroes and he is playing a huge part in promoting darts in Asia as the PDC look to establish a foothold.
The new PDC Asian Tour has proved to be a huge success since it was launched in 2018 and it offers a big prize. The top four players on the Asian Tour Order of Merit win places at the 96 strong World Championship field.
Asada won three events during 2018 in Malaysia, South Korea and Taipei to earn his spot at the Ally Pally and he has already been in the winner’s circle in 2019.
He is without doubt a flag bearer for Unicorn in Asia and his best years are ahead of him after two decades playing darts. Nicknamed ‘The Ninja’ the 39-year-old from Osaka is one of Asia’s top players.
A five times winner of the Japanese Open, he also won the Japanese Championship in 2017 to win through to his first PDC World Championship.
Asada has also played in the PDC World Series in both China and Japan.
Of course, he is also a major star on the Asian Soft Tip circuit enjoying big successes. The PERFECT soft tip title is one of Asada’s main aims.
“I just love playing darts,” he said. “The PERFECT tour is great but the PDC Asia Tour has given so many players a massive opportunity. It has opened a big door in London!”
In 2019, there are 12 tournaments and that may well grow in the future.
Asada played at the Lakeside before his permanent switch to the PDC. At the 2018 World Championship he beat Australian Gordon Mathers before losing to eventual winner Rob Cross. At the 2019 tournament, he played superbly and was perhaps unlucky to lose in a final set decider to James Wade.
More success is guaranteed for Asada on a journey which appears to have an open road!
|Player Name:||Seigo Asada|
|Date of Birth:||6th March 1980|
|Birth Place:||Ibaraki City, Osaka|
|Family:||Wife and Child|
|Previous Occupation:||Judo Therapist, rehab teacher|
|Hobbies:||Travelling, watching sport|
|Sponsors:||Unicorn, L-Style, S-Darts, TiTO Online|
|Best Memory in Darts:||Winning Japan Perfect and Japan Tour|
|Practice Partner:||Yuki Yamada|
|Favourite Doubles:||D16, D18|
|Favourite Food:||Meat, Fish, Rice|
|Favourite Drink:||Beer, Chinese Tea|
|Favourite Music:||Western Pop|
|Walk On Music:||One Ok Rock|
|Favourite Movies:||Topgun, Kill Bill|
|Favourite PDC Events:||World Championships, World Matchplay|
|Favourite Football Team:||Manchester United|
|BEST MAJOR RESULTS|
|BDO World Championship||Last 32||2016|
|PDC World Championship||Last 64||2018, 2019|
|World Masters||Last 16||2014|
|WDF World Cup Singles||Last 64||2013|
|BDO World Trophy||Last 32||2016|
|PDC World Cup of Darts||Semi-Final||2019|
|Japan Open||Winner||2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|PDC Asian Tour Japan||Winner||2019|
|PDC Asian Tour Malaysia||Winner||2018|
|PDC Asian Tour South Korea||Winner||2018|
|PDC Asian Tour Taipei||Winner||2018|
|PDC World Japan Qualifying Event||Winner||2017, 2018, 2019|
|Perfect Tour Grand Champion||Winner||2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|