PETALING JAYA: Denmark doubles shuttler Mads Conrad-Petersen is set to call it a day on his illustrious 13-year career.
And the 32-year-old wants to end it in glorious fashion by helping his country reclaim the Thomas Cup on home soil from Aug 15-23.
The Danes last lifted the trophy in 2016.
Petersen took to Instagram to announce his intention to hang up his racquet after the prestigious team competition, a decision that also meant he has thrown in the towel in his bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year with partner Mathias Boe.
With the Badminton World Federation (BWF) recently hinting that the currently suspended qualification process could be extended, there is some hope for the duo to make the cut by overtaking compatriots Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in the Race to Tokyo standings.
Petersen-Boe are still very much in the running as they are now placed 18th, just seven rungs below Astrup-Rasmussen.
A country can claim a maximum of two spots if both are ranked in the top eight.
But Petersen believes the time is right for him to quit with hopefully his fourth Thomas Cup medal.
He was part of the history-making side that captured Denmark’s first title in Kunshan, China, in 2016, apart from being the semi-finalists in Wuhan 2012 and Bangkok 2018.
“I have been completely sure for a while and I have been extremely happy and relaxed ever since the decision was final. I know it is the right decision, ” said Petersen.
“I really want to end on a high and I would love to retire with a Thomas Cup medal on home soil.”
Prior to partnering Boe, Petersen was paired with Jonas Rasmussen, Rasmus Bonde and Mads Pieler-Kolding.
He is best known for his combination with Kolding from 2008-2018 that saw them reach a career-best ranking of world No. 4 in May 2018 and won the European Championship in 2016.
With Kolding, they defeated some of the top rivals in the past such as South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong, Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan.
“I have had so many incredible moments during my career and I’m so happy and proud of what I have achieved together with my partners through the years, ” he said.
“Many ups and downs but to be honest, it’s definitely the victory moments, the feeling of improving and reaching the highest of my potential that pops up in my head.
“Fighting against the best in the world, beating (almost) everyone and being competent has been amazing.”
Petersen mentioned that the declining income due to lack of results and time spent away from family were among the reasons that prompted him to call it a day.
“In many ways, badminton has also been tough on me, ” he said.
“Income rising when winning, falling dramatically when losing and travelling more than 120 days a year and being away from my family have also been a tough combination for me, ” added Petersen, whose wife is expecting their second child.
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