A New Season Kicks Off in Poland.

Posted: August 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Wallwork wins last time out in Poland

It is hard to believe that the Olympic badminton tournament took place almost a month ago. Life goes on and for many of Europe’s players the beginning of the new season could not come soon enough.

A hard summers training firmly behind them and the anticipation and the opportunity to put all the hard work into practise has finally come. The Badminton Europe circuit heads to Poland this week for the Polish Open at Lubin which lies about 80km north of Wroclaw. You will remember Wroclaw as a pivotal European Championship soccer venue this summer as well as host city to the Polish International badminton tournament back in March.

For me it is time to dust down the suitcase after the summer break and head back onto the European tour again as part of the BE & BEtv crew. The next month will see me making trips not only to Poland but also to Belgium and to the Czech International in Brno.

The tournament in Lubin is an International Series rated tournament and I love these events as it gives me the opportunity to see some experienced players in action as well as the emerging talent from around Europe.

Of particular interest to me this week is the new partnership of Andy Ellis and Jenny Wallwork. After both just missed out on the London Olympics they will be looking forward to this new season more than most. Wallwork’s last visit to Poland back in March ended in victory alongside former mixed partner Nathan Robertson in what proved to be Robertson’s last visit to the top of the podium in his illustrious career.

Much has also being said about the emerging talent that is Delphine Lansac from France. I saw her play at the European Team Championships and was impressed by her application to the game. With the imminent retirement of Pi Hongyan a lot of pressure will fall on the shoulders of the young French girl so I am really looking forward to see how she handles the pressure of a senior tournament.

So its bag packing time once again and I cannot wait to get to get back into the thick of it on tour. Nothing like doing a job you love to do!!

You can read my Polish Open preview on the Badminton Europe website by clicking HERE. To view the BEtv trailer just click HERE


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