A number of the world’s top players have decided to withdraw from the 2023 Indonesia Masters. Of the world’s top badminton players who have decided to withdraw from the 2023 Indonesia Masters, there are Viktor Axelsen and Kunlavut Vitidsarn.
Previously, Viktor Axelsen and Kunlavut Vitidsarn competed at the top of the 2023 India Open last weekend. As a result, Kunlavut Vitidsarn was surprisingly able to defeat Viktor Axelsen, who is the world’s best men’s singles.
It was Kunlavut Vitidsarn’s first win in the last seven matches against Viktor Axelsen. Kunlavut Vitidsarn also managed to become the 2023 India Open champion and set a record by winning the first title in the BWF World Tour Super 750 event.
After competing in the 2023 India Open final, Kunlavut Vitidsarn and Viktor Axelsen made the same decision regarding their participation status in the 2023 Indonesia Masters. They both decided to withdraw or not participate in the BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament.
Viktor Axelsen was the first to announce his decision to withdraw from the 2023 Indonesia Masters. The men’s singles player from Denmark withdrew for physical reasons. He feels he is not fit enough to appear at the 2023 Indonesia Masters after completing two consecutive tournaments in Malaysia and India.
“I can’t wait to play at Istora Senayan. However, my body is not ready for one more week of competition,” Axelsen wrote on his personal Twitter account, Sunday (22/1/2023). After that, it was Kunlavut Vitidsarn’s turn to reportedly withdraw from the 2023 Indonesia Masters.
Based on previous reports, the reason why Kunlavut Vitidsarn withdrew may also be due to physical factors. Just like Viktor Axelsen, the mainstay of Thailand’s men’s singles also went far in the previous two tournaments. He made it to the semifinals of the Malaysia Open before advancing to the final and becoming the 2023 India Open champion.
Kunlavut Vitidsarn is not the only 2023 India Open champion who has decided to withdraw from the Indonesia Masters. Another India Open 2023 champion who also withdrew from the 2023 Indonesia Masters is mixed doubles from Japan, Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino.
The Indonesia Masters 2023 is scheduled to take place at Istora Gelora Bung Karno (GBK), Senayan, Jakarta, starting Tuesday (24/1/2023) morning WIB. The organizers said there were 269 badminton players from 22 countries who would take part in the 2023 Indonesia Masters. Hundreds of participants would fight for the Indonesian Masters 2023 title and a total prize of US$420,000.