Peter Gade yet to see new stars emerging
Date: 9/2/2014 1:38 PM
Published by : Manuel Røsler

Former Denmark great Peter Gade is longing to see new names rock the men’s singles scene since he left the game one-and-a-half years ago. “I had high hopes of seeing new high-profile stars but it hasn’t happened yet. The men’s singles seems to be still in a transition stage,” said the 37-year-old Gade, who won a bronze medal when he played his third World Championships in Copenhagen in 1999.
“Apart from Lee Chong Wei and China’s Chen Long, we have a huge group of players beating each other ... with Jan Ø. Jørgensen and Kenichi Tago moving forward a little.
“I wish others would move forward as well. We need to see the stars of the future stepping up.

“As a Dane, I’m happy to see Viktor Axelsen stepping up ... it’s good for Danish badminton and the world too. It is also good to see Tommy Sugiarto (of Indonesia) coming out of his shell.”

During his playing days, Gade was acknowledged as one of the four kings – with the others being Chong Wei, China’s Lin Dan and Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat. Their intense rivalry resulted in fantastic match-ups and mouth-watering duels.
Of the four, Gade and Chong Wei have not tasted the joys of being a world champion.
“Sometimes, that’s how it is. I did not win a world title ... but I have not regrets. Chong Wei has a chance to win it here – and, if he does, he deserves it,” said Gade, whose best outing was finishing runner-up to Indonesia’s Hendrawan at the 2001 edition in Seville.

Article by Rajes Paul. Photo by BadmintonPhoto.

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