Copenhagen: With less than a week remaining before the Indonesia Open begins in Jakarta on July 16, Denmark’s World No. 5 men’s singles player Viktor Axelsen has announced his withdrawal from both Indonesia and Japan Open citing leg injury.
Axelsen, the 2017 World Champion, posted a message on his social media page on Friday with the following message: “Hi all. I wish this message could be coming on a positive note but unfortunately that’s not the case. It’s with great sadness that I inform you that I’ve been experiencing persistent pain in my leg for a few weeks now. After being assessed by multiple specialist, I’ve been advised not to compete in any tournaments at this moment. Coming off asthma issues which prevented me from competing at the European Games, I was extremely looking forward to being back on match courts – especially competing in Jakarta and Tokyo which are two of my favorite cities. I’m beyond disappointed and do not know how long I will be out. But don’t worry, I will do all I can come back as soon as possible, better and stronger than before! Thanks for all your support. Viggo”
Axelsen was scheduled to face Sai B Praneeth of India in Indonesia Open first round and the 2017 Japan Open champion was drawing to open against Huang Yu Xiang of China in Japan Open. It’s unclear who would fill the spots vacated by Axelsen since there’s no qualification rounds at these two tournaments.