Eight-time All England champion Rudy Hartono's warmup routine on a match day included an hour-long skipping session along with other exercises. The Indonesian changed the way the game was played with his agility, speed and power. He took many of his compatriots by surprise and was a fitness pioneer in Badminton.
The 61-year-old dominated the badminton world from 1968-74, winning seven consecutive All England crowns. He attributed his success to his "fear of losing" that made him challenge his limits during training.
“Since I took up the game, I was scared of losing. I used to train everyday. I don't know whether I was right or wrong, but the results showed that it worked for me,” said Hartono, who was in Mumbai to conduct a clinic for budding shuttlers along with Prakash Padukone.
While Hartono was all praise for India’s Saina Nehwal, he insisted that her best chance to bring glory to the country was next year’s London Olympic Games. “This year and the next would be her best years and she needs to make them count,” he added.