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A return to Asia

2020 was a year like no other and with England having just entered another period of national lockdown, we know badminton is not possible for our community right now.

Whilst that disappoints us as much as all of you, due to strict government protocols, our elite England players are able to continue to compete and have this week travelled to Thailand for three consecutive tournaments. We hope this will give fans the chance to enjoy our sport safely and support the national squad.

As we head into Olympic year, again, it is vital the players are able to compete with the best in the world as they strive to reach their peak in Tokyo this summer.

Bangkok will be their home for the next few weeks, with the majority of their time being spent at the hotel to ensure safety bubbles are maintained.

First up is the YONEX Thailand Open which gets underway next Tuesday. This will be followed by the TOYOTA Thailand Open culminating with the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals which are being staged from the 27-31 January.

We have two pairs represented in the men’s doubles events with Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis facing home Thai pair Bodin Isara and Maneepong Jongit in their opening clash.

Ben Lane and Sean Vendy take on top Russian duo Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov.

In the women’s doubles, Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith had drawn Japanese 8th seeds Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida however all the Japanese team have since withdrawn with no redraw having yet taken place.

Smith will also partner up with Marcus Ellis for the mixed doubles as the world number nine pair are up against German duo Jones Ralfy Jansen and Kilasu Ostermeyer. The last time they were in Bangkok in January 2020, the English couple secured their first Super 300 title together so they cannot wait to get back onto court out there.

To watch the action, head to BT Sport (UK) or BWF TV.

For the full schedule please click here.