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Get to know Christo Popov
Date: 9/17/2020 8:35 AM
Published by : Emilie Sommer (BEC)

In this article, we get to know the youngest Popov even better when we get to know what he likes to do in his spare time, his best badminton memory and where he would like to be in 10 years from now. 

Christo Popov has already at his young age managed to impress badminton lovers all over the world with several European medals, numerous and tournament wins and of course his silver medal at the World Junior Championships 2019. 

He spends a lot of times in the badminton halls practising or at the gym, but what does the French men’s singles and doubles player like to do when he has some time off?

- I like reading, going out with friends and playing video games, Christo Popov says. 

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Loyal to the family

At the moment he is ranked as number 77 on the World Ranking in men’s singles. Being left-handed it is naturally also a left-handed men’s singles player, who has taken the place as Popov’s favourite player. 

- My favourite player is Lin Dan. 

Popov also plays doubles and since he started playing senior tournaments, we have seen him playing together with his big brother, Toma Junior Popov. When asked who he would choose to play doubles with if he could choose any player in the world, he remained loyal to his partner. 

- It would be my brother.

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My best badminton memory

Talking to Popov about his best badminton memory so far in his career, with a lot of tournament wins and big achievements at the age of 18 already, there is  a lot to pick from. But for the young man, there was no doubt. 

- My best badminton memory is the World Junior Championships 2019 where I won the silver medal.  

Badminton fans started to see Popov as the next big star when he was the only European reaching the podium at the World Junior Championships last year. He beat several big Asian names on his way but in the final, he lost out to Kunlavut Vitidsarn from Thailand who also has managed to impress. 

When asking Popov where he hopes to be in 10 years from now, the French is not holding back. In fact, he already has a plan in four years. 

- I want to be Olympic Champion 2024 in Paris. Top five in the world. 

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