PETALING JAYA: It has been a hectic year for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei but he is not out of breath just yet.
He is looking forward to enjoying a triple treat next month in three mega-bucks events lined up for him with a total of US$2.1mil in prize money at stake.
Chong Wei has the chance to emerge as the biggest winner in the history of the sport if he is successful in the defence of three titles – in the 2010 Super Series Masters Finals in Taiwan (Jan 5-9) and in the new season’s Malaysian Open (Jan 18-23) and Korean Open (Jan 25-30).
The Masters Finals offers a total purse of US$500,000 while the Malaysian Open has US$400,000 in prize money.
The Korean Open is the richest tournament on the calendar next year, offering US$1.2mil in prize money.
If Chong Wei wins all three, he will pocket a total of US$160,000. The singles champion gets US$40,000 in the Masters Finals, US$30,000 in the Malaysian Open and US$90,000 in the Korean Open.
Chong Wei, who won the season-closing Super Series Open tournament in Hong Kong on Sunday, said that he would compete in all three tournaments even though they would be taxing on him.