Toma Junior Popov

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Toma Junior Popov
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Personal information
CountryFrance
Born (1998-09-29) 29 September 1998 (age 22)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Residence Fos-sur-Mer, France
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
HandednessRight
Men's singles & doubles
Highest ranking42 (MS 30 March 2021)
45 (MD with Christo Popov 30 March 2021)
Current ranking42 (MS), 45 (MD with Christo Popov) (30 March 2021)
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing Flag of France.svg  France
European Men's Team Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2016 Kazan Men's team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2018 Kazan Men's team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2020 Liévin Men's team
European Mixed Team Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2021 Vantaa Mixed team
Mediterranean Games
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2018 Tarragona Men's singles
European Junior Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2017 Mulhouse Boys' singles
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2017 Mulhouse Boys' doubles
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2017 Mulhouse Mixed team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2015 Lubin Boys' singles
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2015 Lubin Mixed team
BWF profile

Toma Junior Popov (born 29 September 1998) is a French badminton player. [1] [2] He won the bronze medal at the 2015 European Junior Championships in the boys' singles event. [3] Popov made history as the first non-Danish male player to win a European Junior team gold as well as the men's singles and doubles in 2017. He joined Peter Gade, Jim Laugesen, and Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen as the only men to have ever completed the treble. [4] He competed at the 2018 Mediterranean Games and claimed the men's singles bronze medal. [5]

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Personal life

Born in Sofia, Popov came from a badminton family. His father, Thomas, is a former Bulgarian and French national player. His brother, Christo Popov, also plays badminton. Both of them trained at the Fos-sur-Mer club. [6]

Achievements

Mediterranean Games

Men's singles

YearVenueOpponentScoreResult
2018 El Morell Pavilion, Tarragona, Spain Flag of Turkey.svg Muhammed Ali Kurt 21–17, 21–16 Med 3.png Bronze

European Junior Championships

Boys' singles

YearVenueOpponentScoreResult
2015 Regional Sport Centrum Hall, Lubin, Poland Flag of Denmark.svg Anders Antonsen 13–21, 9–21 Med 3.png Bronze
2017 Centre Sportif Régional d'Alsace, Mulhouse, France Flag of France.svg Arnaud Merklé 21–14, 21–15 Med 1.png Gold

Boys' doubles

YearVenuePartnerOpponentScoreResult
2017 Centre Sportif Régional d'Alsace,
Mulhouse, France
Flag of France.svg Thom Gicquel Flag of England.svg Max Flynn
Flag of England.svg Callum Hemming
21–17, 21–13 Med 1.png Gold

BWF World Tour (2 titles)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, [7] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100. [8]

Men's singles

YearTournamentLevelOpponentScoreResult
2020 SaarLorLux Open Super 100 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Mark Caljouw 22–20, 19–21, 21–14Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2021 Orléans Masters Super 100 Flag of Denmark.svg Mads Christophersen 23–21, 21–13Gold medal icon.svgWinner

BWF International Challenge/Series (10 titles, 1 runner-up)

Men's singles

YearTournamentOpponentScoreResult
2016 Latvia International Flag of Finland.svg Kasper Lehikoinen 21–14, 21–14Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2018 Hellas International Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Ondřej Král 21–7, 21–13Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2018Latvia International Flag of France.svg Léo Rossi 21–10, 21–15Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2018 Spanish International Flag of France.svg Lucas Corvée 21–13, 21–17Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2018 Bulgarian Open Flag of France.svg Arnaud Merklé 22–20, 21–12Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2018 Czech Open Flag of Denmark.svg Victor Svendsen 21–16, 21–11Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2019Bulgarian Open Flag of New Zealand.svg Abhinav Manota 21–15, 21–10Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2019 Irish Open Flag of Spain.svg Pablo Abián 21–10, 24–22Gold medal icon.svgWinner

Men's doubles

YearTournamentPartnerOpponentScoreResult
2014 Bulgarian Eurasia Open Flag of France.svg Thomas Vallez Flag of France.svg Ronan Guéguin
Flag of France.svg Alexandre Hammer
11–10, 11–10, 11–9Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2018 Bulgarian Open Flag of France.svg Christo Popov Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Chen Yu-jun
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg Lin Bing-wei
17–21, 21–7, 21–17Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2019 Italian International Flag of France.svg Christo Popov Flag of Germany.svg Bjarne Geiss
Flag of Germany.svg Jan Colin Völker
18–21, 16–21Silver medal icon.svgRunner-up

BWF Junior International (9 titles, 4 runners-up)

Boys' singles

YearTournamentOpponentScoreResult
2014Bulgarian Junior International Flag of France.svg Alexandre Hammer 11–10, 4–11, 4–11, 11–6, 11–4Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2015Bulgarian Junior International Flag of Bulgaria.svg Daniel Nikolov 21–9, 19–21, 13–21Silver medal icon.svgRunner Up
2015Slovenia Junior International Flag of Austria.svg Wolfgang Gnedt 21–14, 10–21, 23–21Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2016Hellas Junior International Flag of Ireland.svg Nhat Nguyen 21–17, 11–21, 21–14Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2016Belgian Junior International Flag of France.svg Arnaud Merklé 21–15, 21–12Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2016Danish Junior Cup Flag of Ireland.svg Nhat Nguyen21–16, 19–21, 24–22Gold medal icon.svgWinner

Boys' doubles

YearTournamentPartnerOpponentScoreResult
2014Bulgarian Junior International Flag of France.svg Thomas Vallez Flag of France.svg Ronan Gueguin
Flag of France.svg Alexandre Hammer
10–11, 11–10, 9–11, 11–6, 6–11Silver medal icon.svgRunner Up
2015Hungarian Junior International Flag of France.svg Thomas Vallez Flag of Poland.svg Aleksander Jabłoński
Flag of Poland.svg Paweł Śmiłowski
21–17, 20–22, 21–19Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2015Slovenia Junior International Flag of France.svg Gregor Dunikowski Flag of Turkey.svg Emre Cömert
Flag of Turkey.svg Baran Yüksel
21–16, 21–17Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2016Hellas Junior International Flag of France.svg Thomas Baures Flag of France.svg Eloi Adam
Flag of France.svg Samy Corvée
21–18, 21–15Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2016Bulgarian Junior International Flag of France.svg Léo Rossi Flag of Thailand.svg Pakin Kuna-Anuvit
Flag of Thailand.svg Natthapat Trinkajee
13–21, 8–21Silver medal icon.svgRunner Up
2016Belgian Junior International Flag of France.svg Léo Rossi Flag of England.svg Zach Russ
Flag of England.svg Steven Stallwood
21–11, 21–15Gold medal icon.svgWinner
2016Danish Junior Cup Flag of Denmark.svg Karl Thor Søndergaard Flag of Denmark.svg Rasmus Kjær Pedersen
Flag of Denmark.svg Jesper Toft
14–21, 21–17, 17–21Silver medal icon.svgRunner-up
  BWF Junior International Grand Prix tournament
  BWF Junior International Challenge tournament
  BWF Junior International Series tournament
  BWF Junior Future Series tournament

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