Poul-Erik Høyer

Every decade the Danish badminton scene has its special star in men’s singles, and Poul-Erik Høyer was a worthy successor after Morten Frost in the 1990s, both when it came to results and being the absolute gentleman of the game. It wasn’t until relatively late in his career that Poul-Erik started getting the victories that place him among the biggest names in international badminton.

Earlier on, Poul-Erik used to be an uncompromising and aggressive player, but both his patience and the mastery of his game grew in time, as he became able to control his opponent and the matches by masking his game. Poul-Erik was probably the best player at the net, where he played with complete respectfulness, just as he often got himself out of some pretty hopeless situations after being far behind.

Poul-Erik Høyer won the National Championship in men’s singles in 1989, 1995, 1996 and 1998, as well as winning the singles title in Danish Open in 1988, 1990, 1993 to 1995 and finally in 1999. Undoubtedly, among the greatest victories of his career were his two All England singles titles and his Olympic gold medal. Many of us probably still remember when he, overcome with joy, ripped apart his T-shirt at the Olympics in 1996 after winning the men’s singles final.

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