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Seigo Asada

    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 Holiday: Hawaii
    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
    Sporting Idol: Ichiro
    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
    OTHER WINS    
    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