Indonesia Open Title Winner Marcus/Kevin Share Story of Tight Schedule, Fatigue

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  • Indonesian Men's Doubles Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (right) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo show medals and trophies during the Open 2021 champion award ceremony after defeating the Japanese Men's Doubles Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi in Nusa Dua, Bali, Sunday, November 28, 2021. Marcus/Kevin become one the only Indonesian representative to win the title at the 2021 Indonesia Open. ANTARA/PBSI Public Relations

    Indonesian Men's Doubles Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (right) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo show medals and trophies during the Open 2021 champion award ceremony after defeating the Japanese Men's Doubles Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi in Nusa Dua, Bali, Sunday, November 28, 2021. Marcus/Kevin become one the only Indonesian representative to win the title at the 2021 Indonesia Open. ANTARA/PBSI Public Relations

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, which both are nicknamed Minions, stated that they were glad for their achievement in winning the Indonesia Open 2021 title and also able to compete amid their tight tournament schedule.

    "We have many matches one after another but we're not blaming anyone with this condition and we're thankful for BWF because they can hold this competition even though there was many restrictions," said Marcus at Nusa Dua yesterday, November 28, 2021.

    For them, going through two consecutive months of matches with seven tournaments since Sudirman Cup back in October is undoubtedly exhausting.

    For the record, both Minions and Cipayung National Training team have competed in Sudirman Cup, Thomas-Uber Cup, Denmark Open, French Open, Hylo Open and two Indonesian tournament, Indonesia Master and Indonesia Open.

    With the consecutive tournaments, decline in players' stamina is inevitable even for top tier players.

    This condition is felt by the Minions in Indonesia Master last week. However, they were lucky to made it past the final and become the runner up,  and improve their performance in Indonesia Open.

    They explained that they experienced mental and physical exhaustion caused by the tight match schedule. Even so, their occupation as world class athlete demands them to perform at the best.

    "(We are) Grateful for there's tournament being held and this is the job that we love, enjoy. It's tiring, we all felt that. We don't want to feel pressured and we just want enjoy this," said Marcus.

    Eventually, their exhaustion and hardwork have paid off in the Super 1000, part of Indonesian Badminton Festival 2021. They're able to overcome exhaustion and perform well to seize Indonesia Open for the third time in a row.

    "Glad that we can do a hattrick, but we're not thinking about that, instead about trying our best and obtain maximum result each match," said Kevin.

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    ANTARA | GRAVEN FIKRI (INTERNSHIP)