Viktor Axelsen is a professional Danish badminton player.
He is the 2017 World champion and 2020 Olympic champion, and he recently won the Malaysia Open titles in men’s singles 2022.
Full name: Viktor Axelsen
Date of birth: 4 January 1994
Profession: Professional badminton player
Career span: 2010- Present
Axelsen began his journey at age six after his parents were divorced, and at the age of 17, he joined the national team.
After which, he won the National Junior Event in singles and doubles in 2006 and 2008.
Later in 2009, he began his international journey.
And today, with his efforts and success, he has put Denmark on the map in the realm of badminton tournaments.
Achievements and victories of Viktor Axelsen
Axelsen is a three-time European champion, having won the title in 2016, 2018 and 2022.
Rather than this, Viktor Axelsen won:
- Olympic Games- A gold medal in 2020 and a bronze in 2016.
- BWF World Championships- A gold in 2017 and a bronze in 2014.
- Sudirman Cup- A bronze in 2013.
- Thomas Cup- A gold in 2016 and bronze in 2012, 2018, 2020, and 2022.
- European Championships- Three gold medals in 2016, 2018, and 2022, a silver medal in 2021, and three bronze medals in 2012, 2014, and 2017.
- European Mixed Team Championships- Four gold medals in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021, and a silver medal in 2013.
- European Men’s Team Championships- Five gold medals in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020.
- World Junior Championships- A gold medal in 2010 and a silver medal in 2011.
- European Junior Championships- A gold and a silver medal in 2011.
Also, take a look at this video, where Viktor Axelsen can be seen playing some of his best shots:
Badminton Rackets used by Viktor Axelsen
Viktor Axelsen is one of the forerunners in the new generation of men’s singles players to come after the era of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei.
Axelsen is a talented and skilled player. And holds an amazing height of 194 cm (6 feet 4 in).
His moves and jump smash are so steep that they are nearly impossible to defend by his opponents.
Rather than this, his good looks and charming personality have also attracted many young fans worldwide.
2016- Before (Yonex Arcsaber 11)
Viktor Axelsen is well known for his aggressive and offensive gameplay, which includes quick smashes, past pushes, and counterattacks.
And an even balanced racket like the Arcsaber 11 complimented this gameplay style.
So Viktor Axelsen, at the very beginning of his career, used Arcsaber 11 till 2006.
2017 (Yonex Doura Z Strike)
In 2017 Viktor Axelsen became the primary ambassador of the Doura Z Strike, and to test this racket, he used it in all tournaments and championships he played in 2017.
2018 (Yonex Astrox 88 S)
Viktor Axelsen used Arcsaber 11 for many years. Still, when Yonex launched Astrox 88S and 88D together in 2018, he opted for Astrox 88 S, as it was similar to Arcsaber 11 in many aspects and even balanced badminton rackets.
2019 (Yonex Doura Z Strike)
In 2019 Viktor Axelsen used Yonex Doura Z Strike, as he used this racket back in 2017, and now again, he switched from Doura Z Strike to a more powerful racket, Duora Z Strike.
2020- Present (Yonex Astrox 100 ZZ)
Yonex Astrox was launched in 2017, and in 2020, Yonex launched a new version Astrox 100 ZZ.
It is a head-heavy racket with a rigid frame and comes in 4U and 3U variants.
Rather than this, it benefits both doubles and singles players who want a fast, accurate and powerful racket with a solid core racket shaft.
Also, it is one of the most powerful, precise, and fast rackets which Viktor Axelsen currently uses.
Viktor Axelsen net-worth
Viktor Axelsen is one of the most popular Danish players.
According to some research and analysis, the net worth of Viktor Axelsen has estimated approx $1 million- $5 million.
And his main source of income is his career as a badminton player, endorsements that he signs with some top brands like Yonex and Li-Ning, and the prize money he wins at the tournaments and championships.
Viktor Axelsen’s successful career has earned him a luxurious lifestyle, a beautiful house, and fancy cars.
Also, he is one of the world’s richest and most influential players.
Where did Viktor Axelsen take his training?
Axelsen was born in Odense, Denmark and was introduced to this sport at the age of six by his father as he lived with his father in Copenhagen after their parents divorced.
Viktor and his father used to play this sport at the Odense badminton club.
At 17, Viktor Axelsen joined Denmark’s national team, after which he made his debut in the senior international tournament at the 2009 Denmark Open, playing in the men’s doubles event with Steffen Rasmussen.
In 2012 Viktor moved to Valby, in Copenhagen, and started training at Brøndby elite centre, after which he won a bronze medal in the 2012 European Championships.
In 2014, he also won his first Grand Prix title at the Swiss Open, a bronze medal at the 2014 BWF World Championships, and another bronze medal again at the 2014 European Championships.
And when Axelsen played in Asia, he trained in Dubai for a quick recovery.
The second reason was the health factor, as Axelsen also considered health factors in his decision.
He has asthma and acute rhinitis.
Coach of Viktor Axelsen
Full name: Henrik ‘PK’ Rohde
Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen will no longer be allowed to be coached by Denmark’s head coach Kenneth Jonassen, said national association Badminton Denmark in a statement today.
Instead, his father-in-law and his new coach, Henrik ‘PK’ Rohde, will train and lead him for the upcoming tournaments and championships in Dubai.