Kirsty Gilmour will return to the scene of her Commonwealth Games silver medal success when she leads the home challenge at the Scottish Open Grand Prix at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena in eight weeks – and you can be there to cheer her on in her title challenge with tickets now on sale at www.badmintonscotland.org.uk.
Gilmour, who was runner-up at the 2013 Scottish Open and a semi-finalist last year, will be among the favourites for the women’s singles title over the five days of competition from November 18-22.
The Scottish No.1, who is leading the race to represent GB in women’s singles at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio, has already retained her Swedish Masters title this year and has just finished runner-up at the Yonex Belgian International.
Gilmour, who just turned 22 said: “I have come close at the last two Scottish Opens and I enjoy playing in front of my home crowd so I will be going all out to make a big impression this time round.
“Playing in front of passionate crowds at the Emirates Arena will be a big boost for all the Scotland players competing in November but the Scottish Open is a great opportunity for badminton fans to see some of the game’s top players in action. It’s a great event and a great arena.”
BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “It is a really exciting time for the sport in Scotland and we have so much to look forward to. None of this would be possible without the strong support we receive from Glasgow City Council, EventScotland and all our other key partners and we are so grateful for their continued backing.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to support the 2015 Scottish Open Grand Prix at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena, less than two years ahead of the BWF World Championships in 2017. I’m sure that our sporting enthusiasts will be keen to show their support for the 250 world-class players competing and prove, once again, why Scotland is the perfect stage for events.”
During Championships week BADMINTONscotland will also be staging their renowned Play Badminton Festivals for primary school pupils keen to get started in the sport. The youngsters will enjoy expert coaching and also have a chance to watch some of the top-class action.
To book tickets or for more information go to www.badmintonscotland.org.uk.