Well said, both are great players and history would treat them well, their matches are very special and BCers can get enough of them (just check how darn slow is the download).....My takes are TH is not motivated (too much time and hard work to train for the Opens), and does not need to participate and win the Opens for his livelihood (the winnings are chicken-feed anyway, INA reward TH heavily for winning the majors and bringing glory to INA and TH is married into a rich family). Also, TH's position in INA is lock in, nobody to threaten and knock him off from Team INA, anyway INA is more afraid of TH quiting. LD position in CHN is not really safe, just look at XXZ and CH, two world class players who can play for any country (and that includes MAS, DEN, KOR and INA) but cannot make Team CHN , and if either would come to Canada, can probably play until old age to collect pension (just look at our own 48-yr old Canada best WS Denise, hahaha!). Lots of players coming up to threaten and knock off LD from Team CHN. Just imagine AG qualify only 2 players from CHN and that is from a badminton fanatic nation with 1.3 billion ppl, if LD slacks one bit, he is out of Team CHN. LD needs to win Opens to maintain his #1 world ranking to confirm his placement in Team CHN (the task of making Team CHN is harder than any other countries) and a major part of LD income is derived from winning Opens (I think LD gets to keep half of his Open winnings, the other half goes to coaches, etc.)...simply my thoughts, LOL!