All England Open Badminton Championships
The All England Open Badminton Championships is the world's oldest badminton tournament which is annually organized in England. With the introduction of the BWF's latest grading system, it was given Superseries status in 2007. And, in 2011, it was upgraded to the Superseries Premier status.
The world's first open tournament was held at England's Guildford town in 1898. And success of that tournament paved the way for the All England's inaugural edition, which was held at London's Horticultural Halls in 1899. Although the inaugural edition consisted of just doubles format, the singles were introduced from the second edition onward. It was eventually considered (especially after the first Thomas Cup series in 1949) the unofficial world championship of the sport until 1977 when the International Badminton Federation launched its official championships.
There were two instances when it was halted - from 1915 to 1919 and from 1940 to 1946.
Historical venues for the Championships
|1899–1901||HQ of the London Scottish Rifles||Buckingham Gate|
|1902||Crystal Palace Central Transept||Sydenham Hill|
|1903–1909||London Rifles Brigade's City Headquarters||Bunhill Row, Islington|
|1910–1939||Lindley Hall, Vincent Square||Westminster, London|
|1947–1949||Harringay Arena, North London Stadium||North London|
|1950–1956||Empress Hall||Earls Court|
|1957–1993||Wembley Arena||Wembley, London|
Below is the list of the most successful players in the All England Open Badminton Championships:
|George Alan Thomas||4||9||8||21|
|Ethel B. Thomson||5||4||2||11|
|Ralph C. F. Nichols||5||3||1||9|
|Gordon 'Curly' Mack||1||6||1||8|
|Eddy B. Choong||4||3||7|
Many female badminton players change their surname after marriage. Below are some of the former names or latest names as noted in the table above:
^1 Judy Devlin later known as Judy Hashman
^2 Tonny Ahm formerly known as Tonny Olsen
^3 Ethel B. Thomson formerly known as Larcombe
^4 Gillian Gilks formerly known as Gillian Perrin and the latest was changed to Gillian Goodwin
^5 Ulla Strand formerly known as Ulla Rasmussen
^6 Kitty McKane later known as Godfree
^7 Nora Perry formerly known as Nora Gardner
Performances by nation
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