Lakshya Sen credits Morten Frost for spectacular campaign

The young shuttler explains how the Danish badminton great was constantly reminding him to stay focused and give it his all on the court.

Indian badminton player Lakshya Sen, who had a spectacular 2019 season, revealed badminton great Morten Frost had a huge hand in helping him clinch the five BWF titles he won in the last calendar year.

The 18-year-old, along with peers Rahul Bharadwaj, Kiran George and Mithun Manjunath, spent 12 weeks, starting September 2019, under the tutelage of the former world number 1 as part of the partnership between Morten Frost and the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy.

“He (Morten Frost) was present during the Belgian International as well as the Dutch Open,” said Lakshya Sen during an Instagram Live chat with fellow Indian badminton player Sanjana Santosh. “He would come during practice hours and have conversations with me.”

The youngster won both the tournaments and three others - all between September and December last year - to register the most successful season of his short career.

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‘Always give it your all’

“He would always show up during training and before matches and speak only what was necessary and in the right amount,” Lakshya Sen illustrated how the Danish legend guided and pushed him through the course of his breakthrough senior campaign.

“He has always been very supportive and very willing to help,” the young Indian shuttler added.

A four-time All England Open Badminton Championships gold medallist and a member of the Badminton Hall of Fame, Morten Frost is considered one of the greatest badminton players in the history of the game.

The Dane continues to be a part of the BWF Tour as a commentator and Lakshya Sen believes that his insight into the sport is second to none.

“His player analysis is spectacular. His ability to identify a player’s weakness and his strength is truly remarkable. He would strategize with me before every match and that really helped me do well during tournaments,” said the 2018 Youth Olympics silver medallist.

Lakshya Sen also recalled the way Morten Frost inculcated into him the importance of going all out every time he found himself in a tough spot.

“During the final of the Dutch Open, I had lost the first game. During the break, he told me, ’Long rallies or short, that’s irrelevant, you just have to give it your all.

“It does not bother me if you puke on the court. But you have to give your 100 per cent. The Japanese player (Yusuke Onodera) will not hold back and you cannot either,” Lakshya Sen recounted.

The Indian shuttler won the next two games to win the Dutch Open title.

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