The French Open is an annual badminton tournament held in France, and is a part of the BWF World Tour in the Super 750 series. The tournament had its inception all the way back in 1909, and is hosted by the Federation Francaise de badminton (FFBaD).
Since its first edition, it has been halted multiple times, only to be rerun again and was recently promoted to be Super 750 tournament. Previously it wasn’t considered to be a major badminton tournament. However, since it’s promotion, the tournament has been attracting a lot of players and fans both. The tournament was forgone in 1965, 1970, 1972, 1994, 2006 and was not played out between 1915-1934.
The tournament is sponsored by Japanese sports equipment manufacturer Yonex. The French Open is an important stage for the local players to shine, and has seen numerous native winners over the years. Pi Hongyan who is of Chinese descent but plays for France, won the tournament thrice consecutively from 2003 to 2005.
The 2018 edition of the French Open is going to be held from 23rd October to 28th October, later in the year.
Before 2006, the tournament didn’t have a fixed location and was held on various places. However, since its promotion to a Super 750 tournament, it has been held in the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris.
Having a capacity of 4,836 currently, the indoor arena was constructed in 1937 and has undergone several renovations to meet the modern standards. It is expected to be a venue for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The total prize money for the 2018 French Open is $750,000. The amount is further distributed among the different categories based on the stipulations of the BWF regulations.
The men’s singles title is held by India’s Kidambi Srikanth while the women’s title is held by current world number one Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan. The men’s doubles title is held by the Taiwanese duo of Lee Je-Huei and Lee Yang while the women’s doubles title is defended by Greysia Polii and Apriyani Yahayu of Indonesia. The mixed doubles title is held by the Indonesian duo of Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir.