Indonesia men’s team in training camp to prepare for Thomas Cup

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Shuttlers for the 2016 Indonesia Thomas Cup squad. (photo: Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

Jakarta: In their bid to prepare for the Thomas Finals that will be held in Kunshan, China from May 15 to May 22, 2016, the Indonesian team will put their focus on diversifying their strategies, and patterns of play.Shuttlers for the 2016 Indonesia Thomas Cup squad. (photo: Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

After a training session with the Indonesian players in Jakarta, Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) men’s singles head coach Hendri Saputra told reporters that they are enhancing mental toughness, and physical toughness of their shuttlers, while working on appropriate game strategies against different opponents at the tournament.

“Jonatan Christie, Ihsan Maulana and Anthony Ginting are diversifying their playing styles to target different challenges they could possible face on the court,” said Saputra.

“If the shuttlecocks used in Kunshan are slower than of those used in training, they should switch to a long rally of play,” added Saputra.

“We should be prepare and should never be caught off guard by our opponents in the group stage. But I’m still optimistic that our shuttlers are ready to step up to the plate especially after we came out triumphant at the Thomas Cup qualifying.”

Indonesia has been grouped in Group B together with Hong Kong, India, and Thailand in the Group stage of Thomas Cup finals.

The Thomas Cup matches are made up of three singles and two doubles. The top two teams in each group will go into the knock-out stages.

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