Jorgensen, 28, has more than made up for flopping at the Rio 2016 Olympics by helping Denmark to an opening triumph in the prestigious Thomas Cup and becoming the first non-Asian to lift the China Open. These triumphs saw him top the Destination Dubai rankings for the elite season-ending competition, where he opens this morning at Hamdan Sports Complex versus Hong Kong’s Hu Yun in the men’s singles.
He said: “These Finals have been going on for quite awhile and [iconic retired countrymen] Peter Gade has won it when it was called the World Badminton Grand Prix Finals, so to be honest the Thomas Cup was a bigger achievement from a Danish point of view as we’d never won it.
“China as well, because it is like a legendary tournament to win from a non-Asian. I am really proud to have won these tournaments.
“But of course this is the best of the best. You really want to do well here as well, so it will be a big achievement to win this one.”
Danish sport is traditionally associated with football, where the likes of the Laudrup brothers – Michael and Brian – became global stars.
The Golden Shuttle awards for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games champions went to Carolina Marin of Spain [Women’s Singles], Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi of Japan [Women’s Doubles] and Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia [Mixed Doubles] and Chen Long of China [Men’s Singles].
Long’s coach, Xia Xuanze, accepted the award for his charge, while Liu Yuchen and Li Junhui of China collected the Golden Shuttle Men’s Double awards for their compatriots; Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan.
The Female Para-Badminton Player of the Year winner, Karin Suter-Erath of Switzerland, was unable to attend last night’s function and will receive her prize at next season’s Swiss Open tournament.
The male equivalent was snapped up by Lucas Mazur of France while Woon Khe Wei and Viktor Axelsen picked up best dressed awards.
Male Player of the Year went to Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei and Most Promising Player of the Year was picked up by Chen Qingchen of China.
The prizes were handed out by BWF Deputy President Gustavo Salazar Delgado and His Excellency Dawood Al Hajri,President, UAE Table Tennis and Badminton Association, who gave India’s PV Sindhu the inaugural BWF Most Improved Player of the Year gong.