NATIONAL doubles coach Rexy Mainaky’s frustrating experience in the All England last week got worse when he was prevented, through no fault of his, from joining his players at the Swiss Open when he was barred from travelling to Switzerland. Rexy was not allowed to make the trip from London to Basel as the Indonesian did not have a visa to travel to Switzerland although he has United Kingdom permanent resident status.
Rexy said he wasn’t aware of the change in rule as he had previously used both his Indonesian passport and his United Kingdom PR to travel to Switzerland.
“I was not allowed to travel because I didn’t have the Shangen visa. The UK PR doesn’t require a visa (to go to Switzerland) and there was no problem last year,” said Rexy, who arrived back in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“I had no choice but to return to Kuala Lumpur because of the problem but I’m disappointed for not being able to help the players in Basel.
“However, it could be a blessing in disguise as the players sometimes expect too much from the coaches and this will give them the chance to be independent.”
Singles coach Rashid Sidek, who has played doubles during his playing days, will guide the doubles players and Rexy is confident the former will be able to assist his charges.
Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari crashed in the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles while World No 1 women’s doubles Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui went out in the second round of the All England championships.
In Basel, Kien Keat-Boon Heong will meet compatriots Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen while Zakry-Fairuz have a tough match against Japan’s Shuichi Sakamoto-Shintaro Ikeda in first-round matches today.
Pei Tty-Eei Hui have an easy tie against Petra Hofmanova-Sarka Krizkova of the Czech Republic in their opening match.
KLRC Bhd’s Haw Chiou Hwee-Lim Pek Siah also face a tough opener against Pan Pan-Tian Qing of China.
In the men’s singles, World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, who is tipped to get to the final, will once again resume his rivalry with Lin Dan of China. They are expected to meet in Sunday’s title match.
Chong Wei opens his campaign against Kenichi Tago of Japan today.
The rest of the Malaysian though, face early exits.
Veteran Wong Choong Hann opens against Indonesian No 3 Simon Santoso while KLRC Bhd’s Sairul Amar Ayob takes on fourth seed Peter Gade Christensen of Denmark. Another KLRC player Lee Tsuen Seng will square off with Chan Yan Kit of Hong Kong.
In the mixed doubles, Kien Keat-Hui Lin take on Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark, while Fairuz-Pei Tty play Indonesia’s Flandy Limpele and Russian Anastasia Russkikh in first round matches.