NANJING: Fellow shuttlers from all over the world have sent heartfelt wishes to national men's singles ace Lee Chong Wei, who is undergoing treatment for a respiratory related disease.
Five-time world champion Lin Dan, whom Chong Wei has forged a great rivalry and unique friendship with, led the messages by saying he was looking forward to the Malaysian returning to the court.
"As his opponent and friend, I hope that he will recover soon," said Lin Dan at the launch of a new Yonex racquet here Sunday (July 29).
"His absence from the World Championships and the Asian Games will be a huge loss to the men's singles event.
"I hope that he will recover and return to competitions as soon as possible."
Lin Dan attended the launch on Chong Wei's behalf, as the latter is currently undergoing treatment in Taiwan. The two superstars are Yonex brand ambassadors.
World No.1 Viktor Axelsen also backed Chong Wei to battle through the illness.
"I really hope that Chong Wei will get well soon and the treatment goes well," said Axelsen after opening his world title defence with a 21-8, 21-7 over Duarte Nuno Anjo of Portugal on Monday (July 30).
"Best wishes from me and we hope to see him back."
Brice Leverdez of France, who was supposed to face Chong Wei in the rematch of last year's first round at the world meet, has described Chong Wei's absence from the international stage as "not good" for the sport.
"Us, the players like to play against those (top) guys and the crowd love to see them play too. Hopefully he'll get better soon."
In Glasgow last year, Leverdez dumped Chong Wei out in the first round of the World Championships.