DENMARK: TIN TIN SET TO TAKE OVER FOR MORTEN FROST
by Martin Coe
March 2, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - According to sources at the Danish
badminton association, world mixed doubles champion Thomas Lund will
be taking over Morten Frost's position as the sports director for the
Frost, a badminton great in men's singles, had brought great success to
Denmark as sports director including Poul-Erik Hoyer-Larsen's Olympic gold
medal, but he was frustrated by criticism and disagreements with players and
with the association. He resigned from the sports directorship at the start
of the year and is now the head badminton coach for Malaysia.
Lund, nicknamed Tin Tin by his fellow players, will be assuming the post
on July 1. In the meantime, national coach Henrik Lyngby will continue in a
dual role until after the world championships in late May.
Ironically, Lund was one of the players who had disagreements with Frost
while the Danish men's singles legend was sports director.
The 28-year old Lund brings many successful years of international
badminton competition to the job. Tin Tin has two world mixed doubles
championships, two All-England mixed doubles titles, an All-England
men's doubles crown, two world men's doubles silver medals, one world
mixed doubles silver and a whole host of other doubles titles.
Lund is often mentioned in the same breath as the legendary Park Joo Bong
of Korea when knowledgeable badminton fans talk about the greatest doubles
players of all time. Tall and lanky with a great reach and with a great
ability to place his shots, Tin Tin dominated mixed doubles from 1992 to
1995 when he decided to concentrate on men's doubles.
In his last mixed doubles encounter with Park Joo Bong at the world
mixed team championships in 1993 in Birmingham, Lund was the victor.
Lund inherits a strong and successful Danish program deep in men's singles,
women's doubles and mixed doubles talent. The weak spot in the Danish team
is women's singles with only Camilla Martin able to contend with the top
Chinese, Indonesian and Korean players. In men's doubles, Lund will have to
do some player development.
His retirement after the All-England in mid-March as well as the earlier
retirement of Henrik Svarrer leaves Denmark with only one top-flight men's
doubles pair made up of his partner Jon Holst-Christensen and Svarrer's
partner Michael Sogaard. Danish Open champions Jim Laugessen and Thomas
Stavngaard are capable but need more international experience and success,
as does the pairing of Jens Eriksen and Christian Jakobsen.
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