Toma Junior and Christo Popov compete in the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals, equivalent to the Masters in tennis. These world circuit finals, which are played until December 5 in Bali, Indonesia, bring together the best 8 singles and the best 8 pairs of each category, ranking established on the basis of all the points obtained on the world circuit since February 1. 2021 (race)
Tomi Popov (33rd worldwide, 5th in breed) started today with a defeat against the Indian Kidambi (14th in the world, 3rd in breed) 21/14 21/16. Nothing is lost since the Fosséen still has to face in pool the Thai Vittidsarn (23rd worldwide, 8th in breed) and the Malaysian Lee (8th worldwide, 2nd in breed).
As a reminder, Toma Junior Popov is the very first Frenchman to qualify for men’s singles in this competition. And he is also the very first player in the history of the competition to qualify in singles and doubles. With his brother Christo (38th in the world, 5th in breed), they also lost today in a group match against the Malaysians Ong / Teo (12th in the world, 4th in breed) 21/16 21/19.
They still have to face the Japanese Hoki / Kobayashi (6th worldwide, 2nd in breed) and the Indonesians Kusumawardana / Rambitan (27th in the world, 6th in breed).
To follow the world championships
Note that after their trip to Indonesia, the Popov brothers will continue with the badminton world championships in Huelva, Spain from December 12 to 19. The draw took place today. The French number 1, Toma Junior Popov (n ° 31), will play against the Englishman Toby Penty (n ° 52). An opponent he has beaten twice in three meetings each time in 3 sets.
In doubles Toma Junior and Christo – will also be in the game. They are favorites for their entry into the competition where they will face the local Monroy / Piris. If successful, they can already plan on their 16th against the Germans exempted from the first round Lamsfuss / Seidel (n ° 16).