Badminton players from all corners of the globe will once again descend on Glasgow next month as the Scottish Open Grand Prix gets underway at the Emirates Arena.
More than 300 players from 37 nations have entered and with competitors coming from as far as China, Malaysia, Australia, Russia and Brazil, this year’s tournament will be a truly global event as Scotland looks to capitalise on the phenomenal success of this summer’s TOTAL BWF World Championships.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “It is great to see so many athletes from around the world returning to the Emirates Arena for the Scottish Open Grand Prix after the success of the TOTAL BWF World Championships. It is testament to BADMINTONscotland’s organisation of fantastic tournaments and shows why Scotland is the perfect stage for events. EventScotland is delighted to again be supporting them as they deliver another great event.”
The Scottish Open Grand Prix will take place from November 22 - 26, with European and Commonwealth silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour (pictured) leading the home contingent as she looks to make it third time lucky after finishing as runner-up on two occasions.
Her main challengers for the women’s singles title come in the form of Spain’s Beatriz Corrales and Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland – the latter whom Gilmour defeated in the semi-finals at this year’s European Championships.
In the men’s singles, European champion and Olympic quarter-finalist Rajiv Ouseph heads up the entries as he chases his third Scottish Open title.
The Englishman won in Glasgow in 2008 and 2011, but Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees and Matt Carder will be keen to shine in front of a bumper home crowd while Ben Torrance and Christopher and Matthew Grimley will be hoping to fight their way through the qualifying event to reach the main draw.
No Scot has won the men’s singles title since 1968, with 2016 semi-finalist Fabian Roth of Germany and Denmark’s Emil Holst also set to challenge for the top prize.
Anne Smillie, chief executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: “We are delighted to be hosting such a strong international field in Glasgow for this year’s Scottish Open Grand Prix.
“Following the triumph of the TOTAL BWF World Championships in August, I am confident we will witness even more world-class badminton at the Emirates Arena.
“I know Glasgow will welcome every single player with open arms and we can’t wait for the action to begin.”
Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “The Scottish Open Grand Prix is one of the main highlights in the Glasgow sporting calendar and one which the people of the city look forward to each year.
“I’m sure the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships will have created hundreds of new badminton fans in Glasgow who will come along to Emirates Arena this November to catch some of the best badminton action in the country.”
The Scottish Open Grand Prix is being staged at the Emirates Arena by BADMINTONscotland with support from Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.