I get your point and understand some of your merits but just that I thought avoiding getting drawn to meet a compatriot in the first round only, not the second round, isn't such a big deal. Equally, in the example you gave, the 32nd ranked JPN MS is happy to avoid his top-seeded fellow JPN player, and the chance of a non-JPN player meeting, say Momota, in R1 isn't that high. Moreover, I wonder how many players relish sending their fellow teammates home in the opening round as opposed to meeting any of the eight seeds, not to mention the concern and the interests of the coaches in having their players facing foreign opponents to beter gauge their progress and standard. The randomness of the draw isn't perfect either, that's why we have seeded players, and certain human intervention to address the issue of skewed or undesirable draws. Exactly, we can't please everyone but weigh the pros and cons and then come to a compromise acceptable to the large majority if not all the MAs and players, as the advantages and disadvantages cut both ways, your turn will come and you win some, you lose some. How fair is it if the consistent top four seeded players are from a given country and they only get to meet each other after eliminating most of the others time and time again? Let's give and take. Yes, these are not 'team' tournaments (for which there is only one team per MA), however, there is also no denying badminton is still to a considerable extent very much a nation-based sport - just look at how LCW invariably celebrated by pointing to the emblem on his shirt every time he wins a title or important match, and how Team Denmark rejoiced upon winning the Thomas Cup for the first time - unlike professional tennis where the players are generally more mercenary, so to speak; still, that doesn't mean they don't relish winning the Davis Cup and the Olympics for which the prize money is pittance as compared to any of the grand slams. Anyway, all in all, as you can see, my grouse has more to do with the rare and unusual situation of having four players from the same MA being drawn to face each other in the first round and in the same quadrant - that's too much.