Morten Frost
Personal information
Nickname(s)Mr Badminton
Birth nameMorten Frost Hansen
CountryDenmark
Born (1958-04-04) 4 April 1958 (age 64)
Nykøbing Sjælland, Odsherred, Denmark.[1]
HandednessRight
Men's singles
Highest ranking1
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Denmark
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1985 Calgary Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1987 Beijing Men's singles
World Games
Silver medal – second place 1981 Santa Clara Men's singles
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 1985 Jakarta Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1986 Jakarta Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 1983 Kuala Lumpur Men's doubles
Sudirman Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Jakarta Mixed team
Thomas Cup
Silver medal – second place 1979 Jakarta Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Tokyo Men's team
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1984 Preston Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1986 Uppsala Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1980 Groningen Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1984 Preston Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1988 Kristiansand Men's singles
European Mixed Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 1980 Groningen Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 1986 Uppsala Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 1988 Kristiansand Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1984 Preston Mixed team
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1975 Copenhagen Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 1975 Copenhagen Boys' singles

Morten Frost or Morten Frost Hansen (born 4 April 1958) is a former badminton player and later coach, who represented Denmark. As a player, he spent twelve years in the top three of the world rankings.

Badminton career

During his career, Frost won almost every available top level championship, except the World Badminton Championships where he scored a silver medal twice (1985 and 1987). When he lost his second World Championship in the finals, the headlines rang out "The World's greatest badminton player may never be World Champion." While this may be the enduring footnote to his career, Frost dominated at the much coveted All England Open Badminton Championships. He won that tournament in 1982, 1984, 1986, and 1987. He also was European champion in 1984 and 1986. He won the Nordic championship each year from 1978 through 1984 and again in 1988.

Frost is also distinguished by winning all of the invitational Grand Prix tournaments at least once, including his home country's Denmark Open, of which he was champion 1980-1986 and 1989. Morten Frost represented Denmark on the national team from 1976 to 1991, longer than anyone else.

Noted for his exceptionally smooth and fluid footwork, Frost's playing style was something of a cross between the traditional singles game featuring numerous clears (lobs) and drops, with smashes often reserved for weak returns, and the modern singles game featuring more smashing from the outset of a rally to create openings.

Morten Frost was inducted into the BWF Badminton Hall of Fame in 1998.

Coaching career

After his playing years were over, he went on to successfully coach the Danish national team. During his tenure as coach, the Danish national squad achieved over 20 major international wins, including an Olympic gold medal in 1996, six gold medals and three silver medals at the European Championships in 1996, the men's singles titles at the 1995 and 1996 All England Championships, and a gold, two silver and four bronze medals at the World Championships in 1995. He later coached the national teams of Malaysia and South Africa.[2] Frost also worked as a commentator on the BBC's TV coverage of the badminton tournament at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.[3]

In 2015 Frost accepted a contract to be technical director of the Malaysian national team until the end of 2020.[4] Early 2017, Frost had a fallout with Malaysian former world number 1 player Lee Chong Wei regarding what Lee said was an unfair treatment towards him after his injury.[5] In September 2017, Frost resigned from his position in Malaysia, citing personal reasons.[6]

In February 2019, Frost signed a one-year contract to coach India's junior players at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy.[7]

Achievements

World Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1985 Olympic Saddledome, Calgary, Canada China Han Jian 18–14, 10–15, 8–15
Silver
Silver
1987 Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China China Yang Yang 2–15, 15–13, 12–15
Silver
Silver

World Cup

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1985 Senayan Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Icuk Sugiarto 11–15, 15–8, 4–15
Silver
Silver
1986 Senayan Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia Indonesia Icuk Sugiarto 15–5, 6–15, 11–15
Silver
Silver

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff Indonesia Christian Hadinata
Indonesia Bobby Ertanto
11–15, 15–4, 13–15
Bronze
Bronze

World Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1981 San Jose Civic Auditorium, California, United States China Chen Changjie 15–9, 7–15, 12–15
Silver
Silver

European Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
1980 Groningen, Netherlands Denmark Flemming Delfs 4–15, 15–1, 14–17
Silver
Silver
1984 Preston Guild Hall, Preston, England Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff 15–8, 15–2
Gold
Gold
1986 Uppsala, Sweden Denmark Ib Frederiksen 15–8, 15–2
Gold
Gold
1988 Kristiansand, Norway England Darren Hall 15–8, 12–15, 9–15
Silver
Silver

International tournaments finals

Singles

Wins
Date Tournament Opponent in final Score
1977 Norwegian International
1977 USSR International
1978 Nordic Championships
1979 Canadian Open
1979 Nordic Championships
1980 Denmark Open
1980 Canadian Open
1980 Nordic Championships
1981 Denmark Open
1981 Nordic Championships
1982 All England Open China Luan Jin 11-15 15-2 15-7
1982 Denmark Open
1982 German Open
1982 Scottish Open
1982 Nordic Championships
1983 Denmark Open
1983 Dutch Open
1983 Scottish Open
1983 Nordic Championships
1984 Nordic Championships
1985 Welsh International
1986 Belgian International
1987 Belgian International
1989 Nordic Championships
1990 Finnish International

Men's doubles

Wins
Date Tournament Event Partner Opponents in final Score
1977 USSR International MD Denmark Steen Skovgaard
1980 Norwegian International MD Denmark Steen Fladberg
1981 Norwegian International MD Denmark Steen Fladberg
1982 Norwegian International MD Denmark Steen Fladberg
1983 Scottish Open XD Denmark Nettie Nielsen
1984 Scottish Open MD Denmark Jesper Helledie
1986 Norwegian International MD Denmark Steen Fladberg

IBF World Grand Prix (32 titles, 12 runners-up)

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1983 Swedish Open Malaysia Misbun Sidek 15–9, 10–15, 13–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1983 All England Open China Luan Jin 2–15, 15–12, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1983 Scandinavian Open India Prakash Padukone 18–17, 15–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1983 World Grand Prix Finals China Luan Jin 2–15, 6–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1984 Chinese Taipei Open Indonesia Hastomo Arbi 15–11, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1984 Japan Open Indonesia Liem Swie King 15–1, 18–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1984 Scottish Open England Kevin Jolly 15–11, 15–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1984 Denmark Open Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff 15–1, 15–2 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1984 All England Open Indonesia Liem Swie King 9–15, 15–10, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1984 Malaysia Open Indonesia Icuk Sugiarto 9–15, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1984 Scandinavian Open China Han Jian 15–10, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1984 World Grand Prix Finals Indonesia Liem Swie King 15–5, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1985 Hong Kong Open China Yang Yang 10–15, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1985 Denmark Open South Korea Sung Han-kuk 15–4, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1985 All England Open China Zhao Jianhua 15–6, 10–15, 15–18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1985 English Masters England Steve Baddeley 15–12, 11–15, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1985 Malaysia Masters Malaysia Misbun Sidek 15–4, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1985 Scandinavian Open Indonesia Lius Pongoh 15–5, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 German Open Denmark Michael Kjeldsen 15–4, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 Scandinavian Open Denmark Torben Carlsen 15–5, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 All England Open Malaysia Misbun Sidek 15–2, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 Denmark Open Denmark Michael Kjeldsen 15–9, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 English Masters Australia Sze Yu 15–8, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 World Grand Prix Finals China Yang Yang 13–18, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1987 Poona Open Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff 15–11, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1987 All England Open Indonesia Icuk Sugiarto 15–10, 15–0 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1987 English Masters England Steve Baddeley 18–13, 15–18, 15–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 Poona Open Denmark Ib Frederiksen 15–10, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 German Open China Xiong Guobao 15–4, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 All England Open Denmark Ib Frederiksen 15–8, 7–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1988 French Open Indonesia Icuk Sugiarto 10–15, 15–6, 2–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1988 English Masters Indonesia Ardy Wiranata 15–8, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1988 Scottish Open England Nick Yates 15–7, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1989 Chinese Taipei Open Indonesia Eddy Kurniawan 15–12, 15–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1989 Swedish Open Indonesia Allan Budi Kusuma 15–4, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1989 All England Open China Yang Yang 6–15, 7–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1989 German Open England Steve Baddeley 15–6, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1989 Denmark Open China Zhao Jianhua 15–12, 15–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1989 Scottish Open Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff 15–2, 15–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1990 Finnish Open Indonesia Hermawan Susanto 15–13, 4–15, 15–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1990 Japan Open Denmark Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 15–9, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1990 Denmark Open Denmark Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen 15–4, 10–15, 15–17 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1984 Scottish Open Denmark Jesper Helledie England Nigel Tier
England Duncan Bridge
15–11, 15–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1984 Denmark Open Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff China Li Yongbo
China Tian Bingyi
7–15, 2–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

National championships finals

Singles

Wins
Year Tournament Opponent in final Score
1978 Danish National Championships
1979 Danish National Championships
1980 Danish National Championships
1982 Danish National Championships
1983 Danish National Championships
1984 Danish National Championships
1987 Danish National Championships
1990 Danish National Championships
1991 Danish National Championships

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References

Cited
  1. ^ "Players: Morten-Forst Hansen". Smash - Badminton site. Archived from the original on April 28, 2002. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
  2. ^ "Danish legend Frost to coach South Africa". Shuttler. 2001-03-30.
  3. ^ "Tune in to the Beeb for badminton at Glasgow 2014". Badminton Scotland. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  4. ^ "High hopes for Morten Frost to revive Malaysia's badminton glory". The Malaysian Insider. 27 February 2015. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016.
  5. ^ "World No 1 Lee Chong Wei threatens to quit Badminton Association of Malaysia". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  6. ^ "Frost maintains that 'personal reasons' were why he quit". New Straits Times. September 19, 2017.
  7. ^ Nahir, Akhil (11 February 2019). "Badminton Legend Morten Frost to Coach India's Junior Players". News18. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
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