Lee Zii Jia confirmed he will do battle at the the upcoming Denmark Open (October 18-23) by reverting to his previous racquet.
“During the past month, I’ve had a back and forth discussion with my team to adjust my training plan and to improve my performance. And I proposed a temporary change of my racquet.
“At this moment, I have decided to use the TK-Ryuga, which I have been using for a long period and hope to bring back the familiar state and feeling. I’m truly grateful to Victor for accepting my idea and putting my performance and needs as the top priority.
“I’ll do everything I can to bring back the fearless Lee Zii Jia and make a fresh start,” he said.
Lee came out with this statement after social media was abuzz about the shuttler’s change of racquet in training.
The new world number three started training in Denmark before the tournament, and was seen with young budding shuttlers who were queuing up for the shuttler’s signature.
Lee would be anticipating that reverting back to his old racquet would bring some much needed change in fortunes.
Lee started this year off with a bang by winning the Badminton Asia Championships and swiftly followed that up with the Thailand Open title.
His form, however, took a dip in the ensuing months as he crashed prematurely in his last three events at the Malaysia Open, World Championships and Japan Open.
The Kedah-born faces Dutchman Mark Caljouw in the opening round of the Denmark Open.