The Indonesian favorites have their rackets and wits ready for the All England Open battle, but they will face more than just competitors starting on Wednesday.
The All England, the oldest badminton tournament, will be the second event to test a new serve rule, which mandates that “the whole of the shuttle shall be below 1.15 meters from the surface of the court at the instant it is being hit by server’s racket.”
The rule, which was first tested at last week’s German Open, had caused confusion among Indonesian players and they often committed service faults. As a result, distracted Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto were only able to finish as runner-ups in the men’s doubles.
World-class players, such as Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, have criticized the new rule, questioning the timing to test it at an event as important as...