Boston Badminton Open

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The Boston Open is an annual badminton tournament held in Boston. It is a highly crucial badminton tournament in the New England area.

History[edit]

The Boston Open was first established in 1997 as a small local tournament for players in the northeast region of the United States to participate in. When the tournament was initially created, the Rockwell Cage at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts was chosen as the location for the tournament. The Rockwell Cage is an athletic facility at MIT dedicated to the school's basketball and volleyball teams.[1] The Boston Open has been held there ever since its establishment. Over time the tournament began to develop and gain popularity. It would soon become one of the top tournaments in North America attracting badminton players from around the world.

Sponsorship[edit]

In order to operate the Boston Open relies upon aid from sponsors. The MIT Badminton Club has been the primary sponsor for the Boston Open since 1997. The club works had every year to make sure the tournament runs smoothly. The MIT Badminton Club is partially responsible for getting the Boston Open to where it is today. In 2014 adidas became the official named sponsor of the tournament, helping the Boston Open gain even more recognition and further prove its significance.[2] With the new sponsorship from adidas in 2014, the Boston Open was able to increase their total tournament prize money to $22,150.

Notable players[edit]

Howard Bach is a professional Vietnamese-American badminton player. He annually partakes in the Boston Open and has managed to win the championship for the mens doubles twice. Howard Bach is also one of the few American badminton players to participate in the Olympics.[3]

Previous winners[edit]

Open Division[edit]

Year Mens Singles Women's Singles Mens Doubles Women's Doubles 'A' Mixed Doubles 'B' Mixed Doubles
1997 Chibing Wu Vivian Tam Tomasz Malcharek
Chibing Wu
Charlotte Ackerman
Liz Wilson
Chibing Wu
Alison Brown
Not held
1998 Tracey Thompson Andy Chong
Kington Hooi
Daphne Chang
Ulrike Von Pfaler
Andy Chong
Emily Noyes
1999 Melinda Keszthelyi Evgueni Dremine
Alexei Vassiliev
Mai-Quyen Bui
Melinda Keszthelyi
Andy Chong
Melinda Keszthelyi
Thomas Vinz
Chieko Kittaka
2000 Stuart Arthur Elie Wu Chantale Bergeron
Nancy Desaulniers
Alexei Vassiliev
Anna Efremova
Jared Tang
Jade Wong
2001 Mike Beres Kara Solmundson Trisna Gunadi
Ben Wu
Janis Tan
Elie Wu
Mike Beres
Kara Solmundson
Denis Piliptchouk
Maneesha Joshi
2002 Chibing Wu Elie Wu Tony Gunawan
Khan Malaythong
Andy Chong
Szilvia Szombati
Not held
2003 Jimmy Pohan Joo Hyun Lee Andy Chong
Chibing Wu
Cindy Shi
Eti Tantra
Tony Gunawan
Eti Tantra
Jiunnzie Teo
Alison Brown
2004 Jackaphan Thanateeratam Lili Zhou Khan Malaythong
Raju Rai
Valerie Loker
Valerie St-Jacques
Jackaphan Thanateeratam
Lili Zhou
Norman Lee
Wallis Yu
2005 Piotr Mazur Pascal Gagnon
Tom Lucas-Piche
Valerie St-Jacques
Lili Zhou
Andy Chong
Szilvia Szombati
Not held
2006 Raju Rai Howard Bach
Bob Malaythong
Eva Lee
Mesinee Mangkalakiri
Halim Haryanto
Angeline De Pauw
Eric You
Jennifer Bachner
2007 Mike Beres Joo Hyun Lee Halim Haryanto
Bob Malaythong
Angeline De Pauw
Mona Santoso
Chandra Kowi
Mona Santoso
Not held
2008 Holvy De Pauw Howard Bach
Bob Malaythong
Joo Hyun Lee
Mona Santoso
Puttravin Ponpetprayoon
Kanitsara Ngoensrisuk
2009 Hock Lai Lee Mona Santoso Sameera Gunatileka
Vincent Nguy
Nicky Phiansathiankun
Chin Go
2010 Quang Minh Nguyen Bo Rong Holvy de Pauw
Quang Minh Nguyen
Joo Hyun Lee
Yun Peng
Holvy de Pauw
Yun Peng
Wu-Hsi Li
Hui-Jung Fu
2011 Ilian Perez Cheng Wen Holvy de Pauw
Quang Minh Nguyen
Cheng Wen
Shi Xiaoqian
Quang-Minh Nguyen
Yee Theng Lim
Not held

Senior Division[edit]

Year Senior Mens Doubles Senior Women's Doubles Senior Mixed Doubles
2008 Pratap Joshi / Ravi Raveendran Batool Kazim / Mette Ravn Naruthum Surakkhaka / Daphne Chang
2009 Pratap Joshi / Anirudh Makarla Batool Kazim / Ismat Shaikh Phu Khuu / Daphne Chang

2014 Prize Money[edit]

Event Winner Runner Up Semi-Finalists Cons. Winner
Mens Singles $1,700.00 $850.00 $350 each player $100
Ladies Singles $1,700.00 $850.00 $350 each player $100
Mens Doubles $1,200.00 each player $600.00 each player $225 each player $100 each player
Ladies Doubles $1,200.00 each player $600.00 each player $225 each player $100 each player
Mixed Doubles $1,200.00 each player $600.00 each player $225 each player $100 each player
Senior Mens Doubles $150.00 each player $75.00 each player
Senior Ladies Doubles $150.00 each player $75.00 each player
Senior Mixed Doubles $150.00 each player $75.00 each player

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