New Delhi, April 6: The All England Open Badminton Championships will be the first Super Series tournament in 2015 instead of the Korea Open – giving the elite players a two-month break at the start of the year.
“We have reorganised the 2015 calendar. The Super Series will not start before the All-England Open in March. This has been done to create a possible break. The top-10 players that mandatorily have to play the Super Series events, we have given them a window to rejuvenate,” said Badminton World Federation (BWF) secretary general Thomas Lund here Sunday.
Maintaining its usual slot in the calendar, the Birmingham-based tournament will be held March 3-8 while the usually season-opening Korea Open Super Series and the following Malaysia Open Super Series Premier will be rescheduled later.
Therefore, next year’s season begins with a number of Grand Prix Gold events in January and February before the All England Open in March.
While the 2015 calendar is still being finalised, other Super Series events whose dates have been confirmed are the Australian Open which has been shifted to late May, the Hong Kong Open in mid-November and the year-ending Super Series Finals in mid-December.