With just two weeks to go until the TOTAL BWF World Championships, final preparations are being made to ensure all players are ready to peak when it matters.
For England’s number one men’s singles player Rajiv Ouseph, this includes a trip overseas to Denmark where he will be training with their national team.
Having already been over to the National Centre two weeks ago, Ouseph is heading out once again this week, alongside women’s doubles pair Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker.
“For me, it is great sparring experience. Getting to play against them and for them they get someone different to play against,” he said.
“It’s good for me as I get match practice before the World Championships. I feel like I am in a good place going into the tournament.
“The depth in men’s singles at the moment is quite high and there are quite a few people who will be difficult to face.”
Having claimed silver in the mixed team competition at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, Ouseph knows the Emirates Arena venue well and is excited to step back on the courts.
Following the World Championships, the current European champion will be heading off on his honeymoon, taking in Hawaii and Los Angeles, after his wedding earlier this year.
This does however mean he will miss the English National Championships, where he won the Men's Singles title for the eighth time last year in Derby, which take place at the beginning of September.
However, Ouseph is backing Toby Penty to win the Men’s Singles title in his absence and has emphasised his hopes for the tournament.
“It is so prestigious to win the Nationals and people are working really hard to win it.
“It is very nervy the first time you get to the latter stages and I just hope whoever does win, is going to treat it with the respect it deserves.”
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