In the aftermath of winning his first-ever Malaysian Open title on Sunday, Lin Dan has fielded questions about retirement and responded by saying that he wants his new-born son to watch him play.
Dan defeated Lee Chong Wei 21-19, 21-14 to lift his first ever Malaysian Open title, one of the very few trophies in Badminton that have eluded him.
Speaking afterwards he was questioned on when he might hang up the boots and he responded by explaining that he has been inspired by the birth of his baby boy, Xiao Yu – which means “little shuttlecock”, and is desperate for him to able to watch his dad in action.
“I want my son to see me play,” the 33-year-old Dan said.
“He’s very young now. I guess I’ve to just play on.
“I want to spend as much time as possible with my son. So this papa will have to be selective of his tournaments.
“It’s good as it keeps the fan guessing on what form I’ll be in whenever I take a break and make a comeback.”
When asked whether there were any plans to retire at the same time as Chon Wei, Dan joked: “I’ll wait for a text message from Chong Wei and then tell you the date.”
“Seriously, Chong Wei and I’ve different missions. I’ve won every badminton title in the world, so I’m OK if I don’t qualify for the World Championships or don’t win any more Open titles.
“Chong Wei has not won a world title or an Olympic title, so there’ll always be pressure for him.”
As for his playing schedule in the coming weeks, Dan admitted that he would like to feature in the World Championships in August in Scotland.
A country can have a maximum of three players at the World Championships if all of them are ranked in the top 24 when the qualifying period ends on April 27.
Dan is currently ranked 19th behind three Chinese players – teenager Shi Yuqi (6), Tian Houwei (7) and Chen Long (9th).
Surprisingly, Dan will not be competing in this week’s Singapore Open. However, he will be apart of the draw at the China Masters in Changzhou from April 18-23. That will really be a make or break tournament for him.