Tang XianHu is the famous badminton coach behind great Chinese players such as Lin Dan, Xia XuanZe, Ji XinPeng, Sun Jun, Dong Jiong, Cai Yun/Fu HaiFeng and Indonesian players such as Alan Budikusuma, Ardy, Hendrawan. He himself was a unbeaten badminton single player in 1960s and 1970s. Indonesian player Taufik Hidayat once said that the only regrettable thing in his badminton life is that he has never had the opportunity to be coached by Tang XianHu.
In the early 1960s, Tang XianHu returned to China with Indonesia’s badminton skills. He further developed the skills and formed their own unique technical style. He creatively developed attacking sequence by rapidly getting to the net and controlling the net play following powerful smash at the backcourt. He also developed overhead smash and quick footwork. At the end he became an all-around and all-powerful figure in badminton.
In 1961, he started his badminton career in Fujian after returned to China. He retired in 1979.
As a badminton single player, he was unbeaten in international games from 1963 to 1975. He possessed comprehensive techniques which made him the best badminton single player during his time, especially with his powerful smash at the backcourt and rapidly getting to the net.
He became a coach at the end of 1981.
1963: Badminton Men’s Singles Champion in GANEFO (Games of the New Emerging Forces);
1965: Badminton Men’s Singles and Team competition title in 2nd Chinese National Games;
1965: Tang XianHu visited Northern Europe with Chinese National Badminton Team. He beaten the famous Danish player Copps with 15 to 5 and 15 to 0. The latter was a six-times All England Badminton Champions. (All England Badminton was then the world’s best badminton game. Since China was not a member of the IBF, no Chinese player was able to attend the tournament).
1966: Badminton Men’s Singles, Doubles and Team competition Champion in the Asian Xinhui Games;
1974: Badminton Team competition Champion in the Seventh Asian Games when he was 32 years old. He defeated the Indonesian star Liem Swie King in the final.
1975: Badminton Men’s Singles and Team competition Champion in the 3rd Chinese National Games;
1978: Mixed Doubles Champion in the 8th Asian Games in Bangkok (with partner Ailing Zhang).
In the early 1980s, when he was a coach in Chinese National Women’s Badminton Team, he trained Lin Ying, Wu Dixi who won World Badminton Championships in Women’s Doubles for six times.
1986: Tang XianHu went back to Indonesia in order to look after his ailing parents. He was appointed head coach of Indonesia Badminton Team, where he trained Alan Budikusuma, Ardy, Hendrawan and a number of other world champions.
1997: Tang XianHu returned to China from Indonesia with his family.
1998: Tang XianHu was appointed head coach of Fujian Badminton Team.
1999: He was appointed as head coach for Men’s Singles of Chinese Badminton Team, where he trained Ji XinPeng, Xia XuanZe. Ji XinPang won Sidney Olympic Badminton Singles Champion in 2004 and Xia XueZe won Men’s Singles Champion of World Championship in 2003.
2004: He handpicked and trained Cai Yun / Fu Haifeng as the Men’s Doubles coach to help Chinese National Badminton Team to win Thomas Cup. Cai Yun and Fu HaiFeng has become the best Men’s Badminton double players ever produced in China. They won Men’s Double Champion of World Championship twice so far.
2008: Lin Dan, coached by Tang XianHu, won the badminton Men’s Singles Champion in Beijing Olympic Games. Lin Dan is currently the only holder of three consecutive World Championships.
2010: Tang XianHu was invited back to coach Lin Dan after retirement in Thomas Cup team competition. Lin Dan prevailed in his singles games and helped Chinese Badminton Team to retain their Thomas Cup.