By Tadhg Peavoy
Ireland’s Scott Evans believes his recent success in winning the Irish Badminton Open, the Cyprus International, and an eighth Irish Nationals title, is largely down to a recent move of his training base from Denmark to the United Kingdom.
He told RTÉ Sport: “Since the Olympics, I’ve moved my training base to London with Team GB. I was lucky to get in there.
“That’s been a huge help for me, and has given me a big boost to my confidence as well as a lot more hours on court. And I think that’s the main reason why these results are coming now.
“It was a big decision. I was lucky to get the chance to go there. There’s not many players that get the chance to get that opportunity.
“I took the opportunity. I’ve changed my training regime a bit and that’s helping with my confidence.
“Training with better players, I’m training with the top English and Scottish guys, has helped me in my game."
“One part for me is to be strong in my quads, so we’ve done a lot of work on my legs" - Scott Evans
Evans has also changed his weight training regime, working with Paul Byrne in Dublin. This change has also had a big effect on his performances.
He said: “I’ve been working with Paul for quite a while now. I started working with him before the Olympic's and we’ve continued working together since then.
“Paul has looked into badminton and what areas of the game we need to be strong in.
“One part for me is to be strong in my quads, so we’ve done a lot of work on my legs, going into the corners in badminton and getting out as quickly as possible.
“Also jumping high, and Paul has been helping me a huge amount with getting strong."
Looking forward, Evans has another few busy months of action.
“We’re going to Russia for our European Team Championships, where we’ve got a great chance of qualifying actually,” he said.
"We’re going to come up against France, Finland and Israel. They’re three teams we have a great chance of winning against and qualifying for the quarter-finals.
“After that I’ll have a training period and then the German Open, the All-Englands and the Swiss Open.”