Some of our badminton members may remember the two visits to our club of Anders Antonsen when he participated first, at the age of just 12, in the Wimbledon U16 team tournament. It was evident then that this was a very special talent.
In 2013, aged 15, he swept all before him to win the Wimbledon U19 Gold men’s singles title beating the very best of England’s players several years older then himself.
Since those days he has not only added several inches to his height but developed his game to be able to compete with the very best in the world. To those who have watched his progress over the years it came as no surprise to see him contesting the Men’s Singles title at the current World Championships in Basle this weekend. Although not successful against the reigning champion Kento Momota who can doubt that the world title will be his in the near future.
We were certainly privileged to watch the birth of his career here at Wimbledon and I hope we will see him go from strength to strength over the next few years. At the age of 22 he has time to entertain us for many years to come. Well done Anders. Your friends at Wimbledon solute you.