Paul Whetnall

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Paul Whetnall (19 February 1947-1 May 2014)[1] was an English badminton player who won national and international titles between 1968 and 1980. He was married to Susan Pound Whetnall who was a brilliant doubles player of the same era.


Whetnall was noted for his shot-making accuracy and tactical astuteness. In his most successful season, 1975–1976, Whetnall won the open men's singles crowns of South Africa, Scotland, Germany, and the USA,[2] as well as his third and last English National singles title.[3] In 1970 Whetnall was a men's singles runner-up in the quadrennial British Commonwealth Games, losing a close final to Canada's Jamie Paulson.[4] Shortly after this, his tournament career suffered a 2½ year hiatus due to a badminton pro-tour venture which folded in 1973. Whetnall represented England in Thomas Cup (men's international team) competition in the 1969–1970 and 1975–1976 campaigns.

He coached badminton in Kent for many years [1]


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  2. ^ "Open Championships," Badminton USA, May 1976, 6.
  3. ^ Pat Davis, The Guinness Book of Badminton (Enfield, Middlesex, England: Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 1983) 86.
  4. ^ Davis, 113.