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12 December, 2023

Three-time national singles champion Johnnie Torjussen has made the difficult decision to retire from competitive badminton.

The 24-year-old, fondly referred to as ‘Rocket Man’, has enjoyed a stellar career and earned a reputation for being one of the most explosive and dangerous emerging shuttlers in Europe.

The decision comes after an ongoing meniscus injury means Torjussen is unable to train and compete with the demands required at the highest level.

Torjussen will step back from his competitive career with immediate effect but went out in style with emphatic wins against Switzerland and Sweden in the European Men’s Team Qualifier.

His dynamic play alongside the likes of Cholan Kayan and Harry Huang helped secure England a place at the European Men’s Team Championships finals next year.

Torjussen said, “I’m happy to be leaving at a time that suits me and I’m happy with my career and the place that it puts me in for the future.

“I am excited to help badminton progress in England and achieve my own goals while doing so.

“I am grateful for everything Badminton England has given me and I wish all the players the best for their future.”

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Torjussen announced his departure from the programme to his teammates a few weeks ago and has remained a valuable asset in training.

Since Badminton England’s performance programme’s foundation in 2022, Torjussen has been a strong singles force at the National Badminton Centre and helped raise the standard of the sport.

He has impressed on the world stage, including at the Sudirman Cup, while three national titles in row speak volumes for his impact domestically.

Torjussen won the Portugal International title in March and represented Team GB at the European Games in June.

He underwent knee surgery in August and his return to full training was tough but he remains optimistic about the future.

Badminton England support Torjussen’s decision to retire and are working with the player to support his transition into an exciting new career.

Performance Director, Morten Frost, said: “It’s a sad day for our singles programme but we do support Johnnie 100% in his decision.

“His impact on the programme cannot be praised enough and we are thankful for the time we had. Good luck, we all know you will do fantastically.”

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