Erland Kops was born on January 14, 1937 and died on February 17, 2017.
He was a badminton player.
He came from Denmark who won numerous major international singles and doubles titles from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.
During 1958, Erland Kops brought to an end 8 years of dominance of the Malay players; indeed, Kops was among the first Westerners to win major singles titles in the Far East.
Kops combined abundant speed, power, and stamina with impressive shot-making virtuosity.
Regardless of some disappointing results in the late rounds of Thomas Cup (men’s international team) competition, Kops was clearly the dominant tournament men’s singles player and one of the dominant men’s doubles players of his era.
Kops was one of the most successful players ever in the All England Open Badminton Championships, with 11 titles between 1958 and 1967 – 7 of them in men’s singles and 4 in men’s doubles – breaking the Irish player Frank Devlin´s record of six titles.
Erland Kops passed away at 80 years old.