About Us

AK Badminton & Tennis is an authorized YONEX, Victor, Li-Ning, and HL reseller. We pride ourselves in providing high quality, technically refined stringing services for all racket sports, specializing in badminton and tennis. We string with top of the line electronic stringing machines and offer a wide selection of products, including rackets, bags, shoes, accessories, apparel, and more.

AK Badminton & Tennis was founded in 2009 by Alan Kakinami. Alan began his professional stringing career in 1995. By 2001, he was stringing at the US Nationals and US Open for badminton. In 2003, he became official stringer of the Siebel Open, now known as the SAP Open, and Bank of the West Classic, the professional tennis tournaments in the Bay Area. His most prestigious tournaments include the 2005 World Badminton Championships, numerous Pan American games, and the 2012 London Olympics. Over the years, AK Badminton & Tennis has become synonymous with quality stringing.

In 2017, Alan passed on ownership of AK Badminton & Tennis to Alex Chang, a long time friend and fellow badminton enthusiast. Alex began playing in 2003 and has been a coach at the high school level since 2007. Under the apprenticeship of Alan, Alex began stringing in 2016; and much like Alan, he hopes to continue to support and grow the sport of badminton in the Bay Area, and beyond.