All England history

The All England Open Badminton Championships, or simply All England, is the world’s oldest and most prestigious badminton tournament.

Played annually, it developed after the success of the world’s first open tournament held in Guildford in 1898. The tournament was successfully organised in April 4, 1899, however only three categories (Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles) were originally staged. Both Men’s and Women’s Singles were added the following year.

The first two tournaments were named “Badminton Association Tournament” and it was eventually considered (especially after the first Thomas Cup series in 1949) the unofficial World Badminton Championships until 1977 when the International Badminton Federation launched its official championships. The Championships have only ever been halted twice: during World War I from 1915 to 1919 and World War II from 1940 to 1946.

Since 1984 the tournament has been exclusively sponsored by Yonex.

1899 to 1901 (3)    HQ London Scottish Regiment Drill Hall, Buckingham Gate
1902 (1)                 Crystal Palace, Sydenham, Kent
1903 to 1909 (7)    London Rifle Brigades City Headquarters, Bunhill Hill, London
1910 to 1939 (25)  The Royal Horticultural Hall, Vincent Square, London
1947 to 1949 (3)    Haringay Arena, London
1950 to 1956 (7)    Empress Hall, Earls Court, London
1957 to 1993 (37)  Wembley Arena, London
1994 to date           Barclaycard Arena (formerly the National Indoor Arena), Birmingham

For further information of the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships history please click here.

All England Open Badminton Championships past winners of the 21st Century

 

 

Year Men’s Singles Women’s Singles Men’s Doubles Women’s Doubles Mixed Doubles
2014 Lee Chong Wei Wang Shixian Mohammad Ahsan
Hendra Setiawan
Wang Xiaoli
Yu Yang
Tantowi Ahmad
Lilyana Natsir
2013 Chen Long Tina Baun Liu Xiaolong
Qiu Zihan
Wang Xiaoli
Yu Yang
Tontowi Ahmad
Lilyana Natsir
2012 Lin Dan Li Xuerui Jung Jae-sung
Lee Yong-dae
Zhao Yunlei
Tian Qing
Tantowi Ahmad
Lilyana Natsir
2011 Lee Chong Wei Wang Shixian Mathias Boe
Carsten Mogensen
Wang Xiaoli
Yu Yang
Xu Chen
Ma Jin
2010 Lee Chong Wei Tine Rasmussen Jonas Rasmussen
Lars Paaske
Yu Yang
Du Jing
Zhang Nan
Zhao Yunlei
2009 Lin Dan Wang Yiha Cai Yun
Fu Haifeng
Zhang Yawen
Zhao Tingting
He Hanbin
Yu Yang
2008 Chen Jin Tine Rasmussen Jung Jae-sung
Lee Yong-dae
Lee Hyo-jung
Lee Kyung-won
Zheng Bo
Gao Ling
2007 Lin Dan Xie Xingfang Koo Kien Keat
Tan Boon Heong
Lee Hyo-jung
Lee Kyung-won
Zheng Bo
Gao Ling
2006 Lin Dan Xie Xingfang Jens Eriksen
Martin Lundgaard Hansen
Gao Ling
Huang Sui
Zhang Jun
Gao Ling
2005 Chen Hong Xie Xingfang Cai Yun
Fu Haifeng
Gao Ling
Huang Sui
Nathan Robertson
Gail Emms
2004 Lin Dan Gong Ruina Jens Eriksen
Martin Lundgaard Hansen
Gao Ling
Huang Sui
Kim Dong-moon
Ra Kyung-min
2003 Muhammad Hafiz Hashim Zhou Mi Sigit Budiarto
Candra Wijaya
Gao Ling
Huang Sui
Zhang Jun
Gao Ling
2002 Chen Hong Camilla Martin Ha Tae-kwon
Kim Dong-moon
Gao Ling
Huang Sui
Kim Dong-moon
Ra Kyung-min
2001 Pullela Gopichand Gong Zhichao Tony Gunawan
Halim Heryanto
Gao Ling
Huang Sui
Zhang Jun
Gao Ling

All England Open Badminton Championships 10 most successful players

Nationality Name MS WS MD WD XD Total
ENG George Alan Thomas 4 9 8 21
IRE Frank Devlin 6 7 5 18
ENG Murial Lucas 10 5 2 17
USA Judy Devlin 10 7 17
DEN Finn Kobberø 7 8 15
ENG Betty Uber 1 4 8 13
DEN Tonny Ahm 2 6 4 12
ENG Ethel Thomson  5  4  2 11
DEN Kirsten Thorndahl 1 5 5 11
DEN Erland Kops  7  4 11