Injured Roy King stays patient and hopes to get the nod for Swiss outing


PETALING JAYA: Injuries are never easy to deal with especially for a promising young athlete.

While it can be frustrating to be out of action, doubles shuttler Yap Roy King remains patient despite suffering three separate injuries over the past six months.

Roy King, who competes in the men’s and mixed doubles with Wan Arif Wan Junaidi and Valeree Siow respectively, first suffered an ankle injury in the Taiwan Masters in September.

The 23-year-old returned to action in the Korean Masters in November but picked up a left knee issue a month later.

Roy King was hoping to make his comeback in the Orleans Masters from March 12-17 in France but suffered yet another injury last week.

“I was recovering from my knee injury but twisted my right ankle in training last week,” said Roy King.

“It was the same ankle that I injured last year and I had to pull out of the Orleans Masters.”

Roy King is now hoping to get the greenlight to compete in the back-to-back Swiss Open (March 19-24) and Spain Masters (March 26-31).

“I don’t feel pain any more but I can’t give 100% in training yet,” said Roy King.

“I will have to undergo a test to see if I’m ready to return in the Swiss Open. I’m hoping the medical team will give me the clearance to play.

“It was difficult to deal with it when I was injured the first time but I’m staying positive in this situation.”

Roy King showed promise last year by capturing the Nantes International Challenge and Indonesian Masters titles with Arif and Valeree respectively.

He also won the national crowns in both events and the silver medal in the Cambodia SEA Games with Cheng Su Yin.

Roy King is currently ranked No. 48 in the world with Valeree and No. 58 with Arif.

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