The World No. 1 has been forced to pull out of the French Open on Wednesday after failing to recover from a hamstring muscle injury.
The 34-year-old Malaysian shuttler has won the title last year but forced to retract this year as he picked up an injury at the Denmark Open last week. He crashed out in the quarter-finals after going down to France’s Brice Leverdez.
The three-time Olympic silver medallist was scheduled to play Taiwan’s Hsu Jen Hao in the first round of the men’s singles event in the French Open. His retraction has been vindicated by the National singles coach Hendrawan by saying, “We had already discussed about this on Tuesday but decided to wait and see how Chong Wei was coping today.
“He was already having difficulties moving due to the injury and so we decided to pull him out.”
“There is no point in pushing him to play as that could make things worst. He still has three more tournaments (China Open, Hong Kong Open and World Super Series Final in Dubai this year) to go, it’s best he focuses on them,” he added.