Copenhagen: Former World No. 1 Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe who ended their 15-year partnership after making their last outing together in the All-England second round with a 14-21, 16-21 defeat to world No. 3 Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda of Japan last Thursday, have involved in a battle of words after the split up.
From the surface, it seemed that both were in agreement with the decision of splitting up. However, in reality, there might be other factors that contributed to their end of partnership.
“It was not my plan that we end our partnership so soon,” said Carsten Mogensen to a Danish media, when asked about a statement Mathias Boe made against him on Sunday evening.
Boe provided the following statement to another Danish media.
“The past few years have been difficult. The things Carsten has been through (cerebral hemorrhage in 2016) is something he has not recovered 100 percent,” said Mathias Boe.
“It has of course made it difficult for him to keep the same level of training and come back completely. I clearly feel that we both need new motivation. It’s right for both of us to split up. We have nothing to lose by doing so,” added Boe.
Carsten Mogensen was clearly unhappy with Boe’s description above.
“I do not know when he has become a physician, as far as I can tell, I have completely recovered from it. The doctors have declared me healthy, and my brain is completely fine. Yes, there’s time I felt dizzy. But if a person breaks his foot, his must subsequently retrains his foot movement. I’ve been very close to dying, and of course there have been some challenges. But his statement disappointed me. I must honestly admit that,” said Carsten Mogensen to a Danish media.
He thought Mathias Boe could be more open and more fair to him by talking to him frankly about he fact that had been performing badly on the badminton court.
“Such a thing can be said in many ways. When Mathias thinks that I haven’t recovered 100% from my brain hemorrhage, I think he owes me an explanation of how we won Super Series tournaments the year after and won back the first place in the world ranking,” added Carsten Mogensen.
Mathias Boe will play his first tournament together with Mads Conrad-Petersen at the Poland Open at the end of this month, while Carsten Mogensen will partner Mads Pieler Kolding at the Singapore Open in April.
Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe were the best men’s doubles pair in Denmark’s history, hope they can handle this properly and not let the argument ruin their legacy.