Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

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Here are some fascinating facts about badminton’s oldest and most prestigious competition for you to know.


  • The inaugural edition took place in 1899 and initially only consisted of doubles events, with singles being introduced a year later.
  • The competition has been played at eight different venues, with the longest run being at the Wembley Arena from 1957 to 1993.
  • Sir George Thomas holds the record for being the most successful athlete in the competition, with 21 championships.
  • Indonesian men’s singles player Rudy Hartono holds the record for consecutive titles, winning seven in a row from 1968 to 1974.
  • American Judy Devlin is the athlete with the most singles crowns, achieving ten victories.
  • England sits at the top of the performance table with 189.5 titles across five categories.

Open Era (1980 onward)

  • Doubles legend Gao Ling is the most decorated player in the competition, with 11 wins.
  • Li Yongbo and Tian Bingyi were the last men’s pair to finish victors three times (1987, 1988, 1991).
  • This year, either one of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo or Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan can equal Li Yongbo and Tian Bingyi’s achievements.
  • Indonesia has not produced a men’s singles champion in 28 years, with the last one being Hariyanto Arbi in 1994.
  • Malaysia has not had success in the doubles discipline since Kien Keat Koo and Tan Boon Heong triumphed in 2007.
  • Malaysia’s best chance of ending their doubles drought is in the men’s doubles category, where they have two seeded pairs and the recent YONEX GAINWARD German Open 2022 titlists.
  • Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia stands to become the first back-to-back men’s singles champion since compatriot Lee Chong Wei in 2011.
  • Both the men’s and women’s doubles categories will have new winners this year due to withdrawals and retirements.
  • Tai Tzu Ying, the women’s singles top seed, could become the first player to achieve victory four times since Malaysian icon Lee in 2017.
  • Yuta Watanabe, who has two titles each in men’s and mixed doubles, can go one step further and claim the top spot on the podium for the fifth time.
  • Former doubles winners have the potential to succeed with new partners in various categories.
  • China is the most recent country to achieve a sweep in the competition, doing so in 2009.
  • Hong Kong China, Thailand, and France are countries waiting for their first All England champions, with seeded entries in different categories.
  • India, who has only celebrated victories in men’s singles, also has seeded entries in women’s singles and men’s doubles.
  • Mixed pair Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms remain the last home shuttlers to be victorious in the competition in 2005.
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Standout Stat: In the 16 subsequent tournaments since Robertson and Emms’ triumph, only pairs from China, Japan, and Indonesia have won in the doubles discipline.

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China’s most recent winners in the event – Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong – in 2019.


Q: When did the All England Badminton Championships first take place?
A: The All England Badminton Championships first took place in 1899.

Q: Who is the most successful athlete in the competition?
A: Sir George Thomas holds the record as the most successful athlete in the competition, winning 21 championships.

Q: Which country has the most titles across all categories?
A: England holds the top spot in the performance table, with 189.5 titles across five categories.

Q: Who are the reigning champions in the men’s singles category?
A: Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia is the reigning champion in the men’s singles category.


The BWF World Tour is the oldest and most prestigious badminton competition. Since its inaugural edition in 1899, it has grown to include various categories and has been played at different venues. The competition has seen remarkable athletes and noteworthy achievements throughout its history. This year’s tournament promises exciting matches and the opportunity for new champions to emerge. With contenders from different countries vying for victory, badminton enthusiasts can look forward to intense competition and memorable performances. Don’t miss the action and visit for more updates and coverage of the BWF World Tour.

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