One of the World’s Oldest and Most Prestigious Badminton Tournaments!

The All England Badminton Championships is one of the oldest and most prestigious badminton tournaments in the world – 109 years of existence. But what is the history behind and where has it been held? 

It all started back when…
According to close sources, this championship started after the success of world’s first badminton tournament held in Guildford in 1898. The success story dates as back as April 4, 1899 when the tournament was successfully organized. However, the story of All England Badminton is not smooth, as the tournaments were stopped twice during World War I from 1915 to 1919 and World War II from 1940 to 1946. There are many reasons why All England Badminton is so famous. To understand it, we need to trace back the history a little further. We know there are different stories when it comes to the origin of the game, but as far as the name “badminton” is concerned England is closely associated with it. It is said that originally the sport was performed in the great house – Badminton House – in the village Badminton, in Glouschester County. Duke Beaufort owned that house and he was to entertain officers on leave from India. After that it became their favorite pastime. 

The first badminton tournament was held in Guildford in 1898
This tournament became a forerunner of badminton tournaments as we know them today. In 1899 the All England Championships started. English players dominated the sport of badminton in the first half of the 20th century but later more nations joined the gang and as a result the competition grew. In the beginning years, three tournaments were named as the Open English Championships and later changed to All England Badminton Championship. Until 1977 it was considered as the only unofficial World Badminton Championships, but later the International Badminton Federation (BWF) launched its own tournament “The World Championships”.

All-England is world-known
There is hardly any badminton player around the world who hasn’t heard about this great championship. Needless to say, it is a dream for every player to participate and win in this championship. It is worth noting here that Yonex has been exclusively sponsoring the tournament ever since 1984. But where has this well-known tournament been held? Get an overview below: 

Years activeVenueLocation
1899–1901HQ of the London Scottish RiflesBuckingham Gate
1902Crystal Palace Central TranseptSydenham Hill
1903–1909London Rifles Brigade’s City HeadquartersBunhill Row, Islington
1910–1939Lindley Hall, Vincent SquareWestminster, London
1947–1949Harringay Arena, North London StadiumNorth London
1950–1956Empress HallEarls Court
1957–1993Wembley ArenaWembley, London
1994–nowArena BirminghamBirmingham

Some of my biggest memories when looking back at my career is from the All England. The tournament has a special place in my heart, but also a tournament I´m very sad of not winning. I came runner-up 2 times, and still feel today we had the level and chances to win.

The All England was my first very big final back in 2005. 2012 was my last year on the tour, and in that year I also reached the final, so you can say The All England kick started my career and also ended it 😉

Thomas Laybourn World Champion, 2 time runner-up at The All England and co-founder of Badminton Famly

Last years winners
Below is a list of last years winners, who will win it in 2020? To see the full list of all winners check this link:

See the full draw for this years All England starting Wednesday march 11 2020:

CategoryWinners 2019Score
Mens SinglesKento Momota beat Viktor Axelsen21/11 15/21 21/15
Womens SinglesChen Yufei beat Tai Tzu Ying21/15 21/15
Mens DoublesAhsan/Setiawan beat Chia/Yik11/21 21/14 21/12
Womens DoublesChen/Jia beat Matsumoto/Nagahara18/21 22/20 21/11
Mixed DoublesSiwei/Yaqiong beat Watanabe/Higashino21/17 22/20

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