Poland SU5 men’s singles player Bartlomiej Mroz has arrived at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games feeling fresh from a training stint in the mountains, and is confident of his chances in Group A.
Mroz is in a tough group with Indonesia’s Dheva Anrimusthi, Suryo Nugroho and France’s Meril Loquette.
“I had a training camp with my coach in the mountains, at an altitude of 1800 metres,” said Mroz. “We had on-court training, gym, and walking 20km every day. I’m used to doing multi-shuttle training in Warsaw, but at altitude it is so tough. The city, Zakopane, is a very nice place, six hours by car from Warsaw.
“I feel better, I feel stronger. We spent just eight days and we finished three weeks before we came here, but I still feel good.”
Mroz is training with Olympian and former world No.20 Przemyslaw Wacha.
“From February I’ve been on a special programme with my coach. Wacha was four times at the Olympics and his style suits me, I trust him 100 per cent. Since we couldn’t come to Asia for preparations, we decided to go to the mountains.
“I feel different. I feel strong. I think I can fight anybody. It doesn’t matter if it’s Indonesia or France or Malaysia, I’m so excited and looking forward to play. I respect all my opponents and I always prepare to take all of them seriously.
“There are some amazing players in the group. I’m looking forward to playing them. Also, you know, badminton at the Olympic game was so crazy with so many surprises. I think the Paralympics will be the same. Everything is possible. Everything can happen and I’m just looking forward to play. I think it will be so amazing to watch and to play.”