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Celebrating badminton's best beards

Today see’s the start of Movember where men all across Britain brave not to shave for the month, all in the aid of charity.

It is charitable feat that gives rise to a whole array of facial hair – from handlebar moustaches to full growth biker beards – on the most unlikeliest of faces.

Here at Badminton England we embrace Movember and to celebrate we take a look at the six of the best beards in world badminton.  Could you take inspiration from some of these bushy beauties?

Ville Lang (Finland)



The talented Finn with the finest beard on the international circuit has won 15 titles and takes top honours here. The bushy beard rose to prominence when winning the 2014 Scottish Open and mirrors the badminton career of its big hitting wearer – long and full.

 

Kidambi Srikanth (India)



India's number one is not one to jump onto trends and his short boxed beard is always trimmed to perfection whilst sometimes bordering on an old school Hollywoodian. It’s a beard that, in one simple word, is in keeping with the Indian superstar’s matchplay style: classic - and is a look his teammates now take inspiration from.


Lin Dan (China)



‘The Greatest’ has perfected his identity as a style icon over the years but it is this display of a unique cross between a Pyramid moustache and a Petit Handlebar that earns our affection. There was a point in 2016 that Lin Dan showed signs of growing into a Full Horseshow but fell short.

 

Nico Ruponen (Sweden)

Ah Nico. The Swede arrived on the international scene fresh faced and clean shaven. But over the years has tried out, and carried off, a range of face hair: from the full hipster beard to a painters moustache. Like his playing style, playing mixed and men’s, his ability to carry off the latest trend has been more than versatile.


Scott Evans (Ireland)



Ireland’s triple Olympian likes a bad boy image and his rogue-ish charm comes complete with a well managed Winnfield beard. It gives the now retired Irish number one an extra edge style wise. With a little bit of growth and a little bit of triming, this could easily evolve into a friendly Mutton Chops (but we won’t be telling Scott that any time soon!)


Jan O Jorgensen (Denmark)


To Jan O’s stylist – give yourself a well deserved pat on the back. The Dane moves as swiftly with the style times as he does around the court. Long hair, short hair, man bun, sometimes controlled with a headband. But one thing has been a consistent in recent seasons, his beardstache - the 2018 cut of choice - is carried well.

 

Have we missed a beautiful beard or magnificant moustache that deserves to be fully grown into our list here?
Then make sure you tell us on Twitter @BadmintonEnglnd