Mathias Boe is a male badminton player who was born on 11th July 1980 in Frederikssund, Denmark. The 38-year-old is a former men’s doubles champion. He is a left-handed player and a former men’s doubles world number 1.
Mathias was born in a Danish family. He started playing the sport when he was six years old in Odense. His family had a huge influence on him as they were all badminton players and this helped him become the phenomenal player that he is.
The Danish made his international debut in the year 1998 and his senior debut at the European junior championships at Glasgow in 1999. He won the gold for the boys' doubles and the mixed doubles team. In the same tournament, he won the bronze for the Glasgow mixed team. He has been a member of the Denmark national team ever since.
Rise To Glory
Mathias made his first major impression when he won the silver in the men's doubles category at the European championships along with his doubles partner Carsten Mogensen held in the Netherlands. Carsten is also a Danish player who has been Mathias’s doubles partner till date.
His first major win was winning the gold in the mixed doubles category with fellow Danish player Majken Vange at the U.S open held in 2001. It was a BWF Grand Prix tournament and he won the gold at the Portugal international tournament along with Karina Sorensen in the mixed doubles category in 2000. After that, he went on to win numerous individual and team awards.
The 38-year-olds greatest achievement was winning the silver medal at the 2012 summer Olympics at London after the loss to Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China in the Men’s doubles category.
Another memorable sporting achievement was winning the All England and China Open tournament in 2011. He added a funny remark that the All England Tournament was his most favourite as the conditions were perfect and the presence of his favourite restaurants was at a stone’s throw from his place.
In the World Championships held in 2013 and 2014 Mathius won the silver and bronze medal in that order along with his partner Mogensen. In 2015 he won the gold at the European games held at Azerbaijan.
At the BWf superseries tournaments, In a period of 9 years from 2008 to 2017, he has been the winner in the men's doubles category a total of 16 times and has come in second a total of 14 times. He has 14 wins throughout his mixed doubles career and finished second only thrice.
Mathias Boe has a total of 609 wins throughout his career making him one of the best players in the double’s category.
He is currently ranked at number 2 in the world, he was ranked number 1 in the year 2011.
He was nominated for BWF Male Player of the year award in 2011.
He was nominated for the biggest sports prize in Denmark in 2011.
Though the Dane didn’t have any major injuries throughout his career his major low point was losing to the Chinese in the 2012 Olympics final to win a silver in the Men’s doubles category. He exclaimed that it was heartbreaking to have reached the Olympic finals and not win a gold.
Another interesting story was when he had a falling out with the Indian Badminton Association as he went unsold in the Indian Badminton League. He was later selected as a replacement player for the Awadhe Warriors.
The 38-year-old has also been critiqued that his age has been a big obstacle in the way of his winnings.
The former Olympic medallist also participated in the Premiere Badminton league. He played for the Awadhe Warriors in season 1, the Mumbai Rockets in season 2 and this season he is a part of the Bengaluru Blasters.