DENMARK’S singles shuttler Anders Antonsen had to change his year-end plans after having qualified for the season ending BWF World Tour Finals from December 13 to 17 in Hangzhou, China.
The 26-year-old had earlier planned to head to Melbourne, Australia after last week’s China Masters in Shenzhen to begin his 2024 season preparations, but after making into the season finale, he has chosen to train at Akademi Badminton Malaysia (ABM) beginning today.
The world number 11 said he wanted to enjoy the warm weather in Malaysia by avoiding rough winter in Scandinavia, with the current temperature already dipping to -6C in Copenhagen.
“Yes, 100 percent I am trying to escape the winter in Denmark…Very rough, it’s cold, grey (dark) and windy, I don’t like it. I have been here (ABM) for practice a few times during tournaments and the facilities are good.
“Once the World Tour Finals slot was confirmed, I needed a place to practise, so I immediately thought of KL. I reached out to coaches and they have allowed me to be here for a couple of weeks, which I am very grateful and thankful,” he told reporters after a training session. – Bernama, November 28, 2023.