The All England Open Badminton Championships
, or simply All England
, is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious badminton
tournaments. Played annually, it developed after the success of world's first badminton tournament held in Guildford
in 1898. The tournament was successfully organised on 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 three tournaments were named "The Open English Championships". 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. Since 1984 the tournament has been exclusively sponsored by Yonex
The tournaments were halted twice: during World War I
from 1915 to 1919 and World War II
from 1940 to 1946.
Historical venues for the Championships
The tournament has outgrown eight venues, and is now played at the National Indoor Arena
Below is the list of the past winners in this 21st century.
Below is the list of the most ever successful players in the All England Open Badminton Championships:
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