What is the French Open in badminton?

The French Open is one of the six Super 750 tournaments that is a part of the Badminton World Federation. It is one of the oldest badminton tournaments that began in 1909. The tournament is held in Cesson-Sevigne.

The tournament features competitions that are held as men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Each event is played based on a knockout draw. The draw features 32 players or 32 pairs. Each match is played in the best of three sets format. A player wins a set if they have won 21 points with a difference of two points. The set continues at a score of 20-20, until one of the player has a clear lead of two points.

As a Super 750 event, the tournament offers 11,000 ranking points to the champion. The runner-up and semifinalist get 9350 and 7700 points respectively. The tournament also as a substantial prize pool of US$850,000. Out of this, the singles champion receives $59,500, whereas the doubles champions get $62,900.

As of 2024, George Alan Thomas and Henri Pellizza are the most successful players, having won four men’s singles and four men’s doubles titles each. In addition, Eddy Choong and Carsten Mogensen also hold the joint record with four men’s doubles titles to their names. With six singles and six doubles titles to her name, Yvonne Girard is the most successful female player of the French Open. The record for the most mixed doubles title is held by George Alan Thomas and Madeleine Girard, who have won four titles each.

England is the most successful side, having won 110 titles across all disciplines of the tournament. The next best nation is China, whose players have won 55 titles at the French Open.

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