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Kim Astrup: – I’ve been like a lion in a cage

October 7, 2020 9:05 Published by

 

Since the coronavirus pandemic ripped up Kim Astrup’s calendar back in March, the doubles player’s days have been filled with structure, fundamental training, yet also a sense of meaninglessness. Altogether, this has been an experience Kim Astrup hardly looks back on with joy. That’s because he’s at his best when he and his partner Anders Skaarup are travelling non-stop from one end of the world to another and playing the rest of the global elite. 

 

A bright-eyed 28-year-old Kim Astrup can barely contain the joy he feels when talk turns to his upcoming chance to get out and compete with some of the world’s best badminton players.

– I love traveling non-stop, and I love to measure myself against the best players, and I love the life that goes with it. So, of course, I’m really excited to get going again, and I’m particularly excited for this year’s Denmark Open, believes Kim Astrup.

That the doubles player loves the life that comes with being a professional badminton player certainly did not make things easier for him as virtually the whole world shut down.

He therefore hardly considers the tournament break to be a good or happy experience. Quite the opposite, in fact. He actually remembers the start of the period as being particularly difficult for him personally.

– The shutdown of society hit me pretty hard, personally. It was difficult for me to lose my training possibilities, as well as my social life both on and off the court. It felt like my daily life was taken away from me, says Kim Astrup glumly.

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Despite the sudden changes due to the suspension of national team training, as well as the closure of Denmark’s badminton courts, Kim Astrup found a way to find purpose in this new everyday life.

– I quickly found out that structure means a lot to me, as a person. It was a way for me to find meaning in what felt like a meaningless and empty day-to-day life. My self-structured daily life meant that I had some regular training routines, that I created some goals for the day, and that I maintained my planned sleeping rhythm. It was a way to maintain both my motivation and my attitude, he explains.

This new everyday existence and the long training period has, according to Kim Astrup, given players the chance to get in-depth with the details and work on things there normally isn’t time for.

– The long training period has meant that we’ve had time to work on creating finer techniques, more robustness, greater strength, and better fitness, which has probably been positive.

Whether Astrup and partner Anders Skaarup will come out of the training period stronger is hard to answer for the left-handed portion of the duo. What is certain, however, is the enormity of his motivation for the upcoming Denmark Open.

– I’m so excited for the tournament comeback. I am at peak motivation and feel ready to get out there and play against the best doubles team in the world again, he says, confidently adding:

– Let’s just see how sharp we’ll look at the Denmark Open.

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