Only a few weeks have passed since the TOTAL BWF World Championships bade farewell to Glasgow, but attention has already turned towards the Scottish Open Grand Prix with early bird tickets now on sale.
The World Championships saw thousands of fans descend on the Emirates Arena from all corners of the globe, with Viktor Axelsen’s defeat of Lin Dan and a memorable women’s singles final just some of the highlights of a remarkable tournament in which Scottish star Kirsty Gilmour thrilled the home crowd with her run to the quarter-final stage, pushing India’s Saina Nehwal all the way in their last eight clash.
Now BADMINTONscotland is getting ready to welcome the badminton world back to Glasgow for the prestigious Scottish Open Grand Prix, the third oldest championships in world badminton, which features some of the top international athletes year on year.
The 2016 tournament saw Scotland’s very own Adam Hall and his partner Peter Mills progress all the way through to the final of the men’s doubles event - where they narrowly lost out to the Danish pairing of Mathias Christiansen and David Daugaard.
That victory meant three titles for Denmark, after they also triumphed in the men’s and women’s singles events, and two titles for Malaysia, who had success in the women’s and mixed doubles.
This year’s tournament will be held from November 22-26 at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, with a 50 per cent early bird discount on tickets available until October 22.
Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland said: “After the resounding success of the World Championships in August, we are now counting down the days until we welcome the badminton world to Glasgow once again for the Scottish Open Grand Prix.
“We take great pride in putting on a fantastic show at the Emirates Arena and I am confident that we will see some more brilliant badminton as some of the very best players take to the courts.
“We can’t wait for the action to begin!”
Tickets for the Scottish Open are available on Eventbrite
The Scottish Open Grand Prix is being staged at the Emirates Arena from 22-26 November by BADMINTONscotland with support from Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council and EventScotland.