Malaysia’s mixed doubles coach Paulus Firman thinks the Asian tour will be a close and tight call. He thinks that players who played the European tournaments in October will not have much of an advantage.

Quoted in the New Straits Times, Firman said, “I don’t think playing in the Denmark Open or even the SaarLorLux Open will give any of the players too much of an advantage. That’s because most of the top players from Asia did not make the trip to Europe. And these are the players who will play in Bangkok.”

He said that in retrospect, the top players from Indonesia, China, Thailand and some from Japan have not played in any international tournaments. And those who played in Europe were not tested enough and that the two tournaments would hardly make any difference.

He is currently preparing his players for January’s Asian series tournaments and has increased the intensity of the training since there are three back to back tournaments.

The two mixed doubles pairs Lai Pei Jing/Tan Kian Meng and Shevon Jemie Lai/Goh Soon Huat have registered for the tournaments.