It will be a good rest for Lee Chong Wei as he has withdrawn from the upcoming Denmark and French Open 2014. It will be heart broken for fans wanting to see Chong Wei in action but he just can’t be going on and on.
The Denmark Open, a Superseries Premier, starts on Wednesday in Odense. The 10th leg of the Superseries in France takes place the following week.
On Monday, Chong Wei had asked the Badminton of Association of Malaysia (BAM) to give him a break.
It is compulsory for all the top 10 players in the world to compete in the Superseries Premier. By withdrawing Chong Wei, BAM will have to pay a penalty fee of US$5,000 (RM16,386).
National coach Tey Seu Bock admitted that Chong Wei deserved some time off.
“He is tired and not in the best condition. It’ll be pointless to send him, knowing that he will be not be able to give his best,” said Seu Bock yesterday.
“Hopefully, this short break will give him time to be refreshed. We have not decided when he will return to action. It will take some time … but the important thing is for him to rest now.
“It will also help him to regain the joy of playing the game again.”
Chong Wei suffered an inner thigh injury in June and he pulled out of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
In the World Championships, he blew the chance to become the country’s first world champion when he lost to China’s Chen Long in the final.
In the recent Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, he lost Chen Long in the semi-finals of the team event and to China’s five-time world champion Lin Dan of China in the semi-finals of the individual competition.
If everything works out well, Chong Wei is set to play in one of the last two Superseries events – either the China Open or Hong Kong Open – next month.
His absence from the international scene may see him lose his world No. 1 status, which he has held for the last five years.
“The world ranking is important but, in Chong Wei’s case, we’d rather focus on his game and get him motivated again,” said Seu Bock, who also confirmed that the country’s second ranked singles player – Chong Wei Feng – will only compete in one of the two Superseries in Europe.
Wei Feng has been withdrawn from the Denmark Open but will compete in the French Open in Paris.