02. German Open (Mulheim an der Ruhr, 25 February-2 March)
03. Swiss Open (Basel, 11-16 March)
04. Malaysia Open (TBC, 25-30 March)
05. China Masters (Jiangsu, 15-20 April)
06. Thailand Open (Bangkok, 03-08 June)
07. US Open (New York, 08-13 July)
08. Chinese Taipei Open (Taipei, 15-20 July)
09. Indonesia Open (TBC, 09-14 September)
10. London Grand Prix Gold (London, 30 September-05 October)
11. SaarLorLux Open (Saarbrucken, 28 October-02 November)
01. New Zealand GP (Auckland, 15-19 April)
02. Canada GP (TBC, 01-06 July)
03. Brazil GP (Rio De Janeiro, 05-10 August)
04. Vietnam GP (Ho Chi Minh, 02-07 September)
05. Russian GP (Vladivostok, 23-28 September)
06. Dutch GP (Almere, 07-12 October)
07. Korea GP (TBC, 04-09 November)
08. Scottish GP (Glasgow, 19-23 November)
- New Grand Prix badminton tournament is Brazil GP.
- New Super Series host => Australia
- China Masters and Korea Open level had been downgraded to GP Gold and Super Series respectively
- Malaysia Open had been upgraded to Super Series Premier level
Two BWF events will be main focus for badminton elites next year beside Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
BWF launched Grand Prix Gold new logo and started next year will have television coverage, expected to gain more badminton fans to watch it.
it is that time of the year again? already? so quick?
every year, around December is when I go to the BWF website, comb through the events calendar of the next year, and then one by one copy each of the event and arrange them into new forums. This must have been the 10th, 11th, 12th year i am doing this? every year i go through the process, i get a little emo over it. another year has come and gone, another year older.
time fly so quickly and it is already 2014.
well all the new forums have been populated. enjoy.
BWF is usually pretty good with grouping the tournaments together to ease travelling of players. this not only help out the players in terms of jetlag, but also help the tournament participation.
however, this year there are a few outliers that seems to be just not fitting into that scheme.
Taipei GPG in the middle of July - i think they are pretty safe as the core concentration of players in Asia are just a couple hours' flight away. probably good to keep the muscles warm for the World Championship
Brazil GP - scheduled at the dead slot before the World Championship, and all the way in South America. I am guessing they are doing this as one of the practice for the Olympics. I don't expect many players other than ones from the America continents will attend.
Scottish Open GP - schedule to be in the same time slot as Hong Kong Open which also neighbors the China Open. I expect most top players, Asian, European and others will be in HK/China. not sure who else will choose to go to Scotland for this?