Hans-Kristian Vittinghus
Yonex IFB 2013 - Eightfinal - Hans-Kristian Vittinghus — Jan Ø. Jørgensen 12.jpg
Hans-Kristian Vittinghus at the 2013 French Super Series.
Personal information
CountryDenmark
Born (1986-01-16) 16 January 1986 (age 36)
Frederikshavn, Denmark
ResidenceValby Denmark
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
Years active2005–now
HandednessRight
Men's singles
Career record354 wins, 216 losses
Highest ranking8 (22 January 2015)
Current ranking21 (3 May 2022)
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Denmark
Thomas Cup
Gold medal – first place 2016 Kunshan Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Wuhan Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Bangkok Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2020 Aarhus Men's team
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Kolding Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2021 Kyiv Men's singles
European Mixed Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Amsterdam Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2015 Leuven Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2017 Lubin Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2013 Moscow Mixed team
European Men's Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Almere Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2010 Warsaw Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2012 Amsterdam Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2014 Basel Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2016 Kazan Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2018 Kazan Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2020 Liévin Men's team
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Den Bosch Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Den Bosch Boys' singles
BWF profile

Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus (born 16 January 1986) is a Danish badminton player. He was a member of the winning Denmark team at the 2016 Thomas Cup in Kunshan, China.[1]

Career

Junior

He won 4 junior national titles, 2 in singles in 2003 and 2005 and 2 in men's doubles in 1999 and 2003. As a part of the Danish Under 19 national team, he won the gold medal at the Under 19 European Team Championships. He also won a bronze medal in the individual event in men's singles.

Senior

After becoming a senior player in the summer of 2005, he won his first international title in November 2006, beating former world no. 1, M. Roslin Hashim in the final of the Norwegian International Championships. Since then he has recaptured the title in Norway twice, in 2009 and 2010.

He also won the Turkiye International in 2007, Dutch International in 2008 & 2011,[2] Spanish Open in 2009 and 2013, Irish International in 2010, Belgian International in 2014 and Denmark International in 2019.

He also plays in the Danish Badminton League. He plays as the first singles for Højbjerg Badminton. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus started playing badminton at the age of five in Solrød Strand Badmintonklub.

In November 2015, he won the Scottish Grand Prix in Glasgow, Scotland, against English Rajiv Ouseph as the no.1 seed, 21–19, 11–21, 21–16.[3]

In June 2016, he beat Ihsan Maulana Mustofa of Indonesia to win the first Thomas Cup trophy for Denmark. He later won his first BWF Super Series title, the Australian Open Super Series, beating Jeon Hyeok-jin from Korea 21–16, 19–21, 21–11.[4]

Personal life

Vittinghus married Norwegian dressage rider Selina Hundstuen Solberg on 11 September 2016.[5][6] They have one child together, named Vincent.[7] Vittinghus hosts his own podcast called A Year On Tour with Vittinghus, where he talks about his experience on tournaments and various BWF World Tour events he has participated in.[8] He also co-hosts another podcast together with fellow Danish badminton player Anders Antonsen, called The Badminton Experience, where they cover many different topics on badminton, ranging from players and technical aspects of the game. They also host Q&A sessions from time to time,[9][10]and sometimes, they invite other badminton players to come on the podcasts as guests, to share their experience and answer questions from the hosts. Notable players that have been on the podcast include Lee Zii Jia,[11] Greysia Polli,[12] Anthony Sinisuka Ginting[13] and former Danish Men's singles player Peter Gade.[14]

Achievements

European Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2017 Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark England Rajiv Ouseph 21–18, 21–23, 16–21
Bronze
Bronze
2021 Palace of Sports, Kyiv, Ukraine Denmark Anders Antonsen 14–21, 17–21
Bronze
Bronze

European Junior Championships

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2005 De Maaspoort, Den Bosch, Netherlands Germany Dieter Domke 10–15, 7–15
Bronze
Bronze

BWF World Tour (1 runner-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[15] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[16]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2020 (II) Thailand Open Super 1000 Denmark Viktor Axelsen 11–21, 7–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Superseries (1 title, 1 runner-up)

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[17] was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels were Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consisted of twelve tournaments around the world that had been introduced since 2011.[18] Successful players were invited to the Superseries Finals, which were held at the end of each year.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 Dubai World Superseries Finals China Chen Long 16–21, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Australian Open South Korea Jeon Hyeok-jin 21–16, 19–21, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Superseries Finals tournament
  BWF Superseries Premier tournament
  BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (2 titles, 4 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2010 Bitburger Open China Chen Long 3–21, 21–12, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Bitburger Open China Wang Zhengming 21–18, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 London Grand Prix Gold China Tian Houwei 20–22, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 German Open India Arvind Bhat 22–24, 21–19, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 U.S. Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 20–22, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Scottish Open England Rajiv Ouseph 21–19, 11–21, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (11 titles, 1 runner-up)

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2006 Norwegian International Malaysia Muhammad Roslin Hashim 22–20, 6–21, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2007 Turkiye International Czech Republic Petr Koukal 23–21, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Dutch International China Wu Yunyong 21–12, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Norwegian International Germany Marc Zwiebler 15–21, 21–18, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Spanish Open India Kashyap Parupalli 21–10, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Norwegian International Sweden Henri Hurskainen 21–16, 19–21, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Irish International Spain Pablo Abián 21–13, 14–21, 23–21 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Dutch International Finland Ville Lång 18–21, 21–15, 21–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Denmark International Denmark Jan Ø. Jørgensen 15–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Spanish Open Denmark Joachim Persson 21–9, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Belgian International Germany Marc Zwiebler 11–8, 10–11, 11–9, 11–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Denmark International Germany Kai Schäfer 21–16, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

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