Nguyễn Tiến Minh

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In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Nguyen. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Minh.
Nguyễn Tiến Minh
Nguyen Tien Minh US Open Badminton 2011.jpg
Personal information
Birth name Nguyễn Tiến Minh
Country  Vietnam
Born (1983-02-12) February 12, 1983 (age 34)
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)
Handedness Right
Men's singles
Highest ranking 5 (November, 2010; August 15, 2013)
Current ranking 39 (November 1 ,2016[1])
BWF profile

Nguyễn Tiến Minh (born February 12, 1983 in Ho Chi Minh City) is a male badminton player from Vietnam. His best achievement to date is a bronze medal at the World Badminton Championship in 2013.


Introduced to badminton by his father at the early age of 10, Minh was immediately captivated by the sport. The interest soon developed into a passion which led to Minh's crucial decision in 2001 when the athlete was 18 years old: to take on the path of becoming a professional badminton player instead of carrying on his education as his family wished. The young man's determination soon demonstrated its fruitful aspects when Minh was recruited into the national team in the same year. However, Minh's career did not become well known nationwide until 2002 when he, at the age of 19, defeated the long time national champion, Phu Cuong Nguyen, and won the gold medal for the men's singles category.

Nevertheless, despite Minh's quick progress, the badminton player was receiving a salary of less than 150 US dollars a month, as most Vietnamese athletes were at the time. After years of contributing to the nation's sport team, while his ranking has been progressing significantly and rapidly, Minh's income has only been increased by around 50 dollars. Vietnamese athletes, with incomes much higher than that of Minh's, normally have specially assigned specialists to look after their every aspect, such as diet, injuries, and endurance training, not to mention all the top ranking sporting facilities provided for by the government. On the other side of the scale, Minh has been trained in an environment with nothing but poor equipment and has to rely mostly on his family's financial support, the effort of his few coaches, and the contributions of his team mates.

Minh is portrayed by a common description in his home country, "the athlete with a herculean progress".

World Championship 2013[edit]

Minh came into the world championship seeded #7. His previous best achievement at a world championship was to get to the quarter-final round at the 2011 championship in London, where he lost to Peter Gade of Denmark in three sets.

The first match was an easy affair (21-8 21-11) against the New Zealand player Joe Wu, who ranked 110.

The second match against the German Dieter Domke turned out to be quite tight. Minh started well, but then faded, and almost lost the first set. He was able to close out the set 24-22 though. Minh then won the second set 21-17.

In the next round, Minh played the Spaniard Pablo Abián. Minh lost the first set 15-21, but came back strongly and easily won the next two sets 21-9 21-10

The quarterfinal match between Minh and Jan O Jorgensen, rank #9, was a three-setter. Both players knew a lot was at stake here: the winner not only got to the semi-final, but would also be guaranteed a medal (the two losers in the semi-final both win bronze medals). That would be the first medal for both players at a world championship. Minh won in three set match (21-8, 17-21, 22-20). He became the first Vietnamese to win a medal at the world championship.

In the semi-final against Lin Dan, Minh lost 17-21 15-21. Despite the semi-final loss, the bronze medal was still a huge success for Tien Minh.

Immediately after the championship, Minh was nominated by the governmental sports authority of Vietnam (the TCTDTT - Bureau of Sports and Physical Activities) for an Order of Labor, 2nd class.[2] Minh had been awarded the Order of Labor, 3rd class in 2011, also for his achievements and excellency in the field of sports.


  • Voted and awarded by the press as the Distinctive Athlete of Ho Chi Minh City in 2004
  • Voted and awarded by the press as one of the Distinctive Athletes of Vietnam in 2004, 2007, and 2008
  • Awarded with the Certificate of Satisfactory Progress by the Ho Chi Minh City’s People Committee in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • National champion in the men's singles in 2002, 2004-2012.
  • Bronze Medal for Men's Singles at Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013


BWF World Championships[edit]

Men's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2013 Tianhe Sports Center, Guangzhou, China China Lin Dan 17-21, 15-21 Bronze Bronze

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 U.S. Open Chinese Taipei Chou Tien-chen 21–19, 14–21, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Chinese Taipei Open South Korea Son Wan-ho 21–19, 9–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 U.S. Open Hong Kong Wong Wing Ki 18–21, 21–17, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Chinese Taipei Open Chinese Taipei Chou Tien-chen 21–11, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Vietnam Open Japan Takuma Ueda 21–14, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Australian Open Open China Chen Jin 11–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Vietnam Open Japan Sho Sasaki 21–13, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 U.S. Open Japan Sho Sasaki 17–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Australian Open Malaysia Krishnan Yogendran 21–14, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Vietnam Open Malaysia Chong Wei Feng 21–7, 19–21, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Chinese Taipei Open Malaysia Wong Choong Hann 21–11, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Thailand Open Thailand Boonsak Ponsana 21–16, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Vietnam Open Hong Kong Chan Yan Kit 24–22, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge[edit]

Men's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Vietnam International Thailand Khosit Phetpradab 21–14, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Vietnam International Chinese Taipei Wang Tzu-wei 22–20, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Finnish Open Japan Kanta Tsuneyama 10–21, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Sydney International Malaysia Zulfadli Zulkiffli 21–11, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 White Nights Russia Vladimir Malkov 16–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Vietnam International Malaysia Tan Chun Seang 21–17, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Vietnam International Indonesia Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21–13, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2008 Vietnam International Malaysia Chong Wei Feng 21–17, 10–21, 26–24 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Malaysia Satellite Malaysia Lee Tsuen Seng 15–11, 9–15, 15–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2004 Vietnam Satellite South Korea Ahn Hyun-suk 15–13, 9–15, 10–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament

Record Against Selected Opponents, Head-to-head vs. top 20 ranked players[edit]

Includes results from all competitions 2005–present.[3]

Record against top-5 players[edit]

Nguyễn Tiến Minh's record against players who have been ranked world no. 5 or higher is as follows:[4]

Player Matches Record Win% Last Match
Number 1 ranked players
China Lin Dan 7 0–7 0% Lost (7–21, 12–21) at Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Singles Group
Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 12 1–11 8% Lost (10–21, 5–21) at 2013 Japan Super Series Semifinal
China Chen Long 5 1–4 20% Lost (17–21, 8–21) at 2014 China Open Super Series Premier First Round
Number 2 ranked players
Denmark Peter Gade 7 0–7 0% Lost (21–17, 13–21) at 2011 BWF World Championships Quarterfinal
Denmark Jan Ø. Jørgensen 8 6–2 75% Won (21–8, 17–21, 22-20) at 2013 BWF World Championships Quarterfinal

China Chen Jin 4 0–4 0% Lost (11–21, 12–21) at 2012 Australia Open Grand Prix Gold Final
Indonesia Taufik Hidayat 6 1–5 17% Lost (21–10, 7–21, 9-21) at 2013 Malaysia Super Series First Round
JapanKento Momota 4 3–1 75% Lost (15–10, 16–21) at 2015 BWF World Championships Third Round

* Statistics correct as of 19 March 2017.


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