23 Jul 2018

World and Olympic Champion Ma Long has been forced to cancel his entry for the upcoming Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open set to take place in Geelong, Victoria from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th July due to injury.

by Simon Daish

Ma Long was seeded second for the event and was looking to collect his first ITTF World Tour Men’s Singles gold medal on Australian soil.

However, despite his best efforts the 29-year-old wasn’t able to shake off a knee issue ahead of the tournament leaving no real choice but to announce his withdrawal.

While fans heading to the Geelong Arena unfortunately won’t get the chance to see Ma Long in action at the Australian Open, fellow Chinese star Xu Xin will be competing in the Men’s Singles draw with the likes of Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov and 2018 Japan Open gold medallist Tomokazu Harimoto also lined-up to play.

The ITTF wishes Ma Long a full and speedy recovery.

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