March 5, 2017
I’m back from San Diego and the 60th Annual Dave Freeman Badminton Tournament for players from youth to elders, even top level national team participants. Although I had limited success at the C level, I enjoyed many aspects of this event, named after one of the best, if not the best, USA players ever – Dave Freeman.
The level of play at this tournament was fantastic for amateur players. The winners of the A level events were eligible for a nice cash prize, and I believe many of them would be competitive now close to the Superseries level. For instance, the Xu twins, winners of the Women’s Doubles event, looked ready to test their skills at international tournaments, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them ranked in the top 20 within a few years. They deserve a chance to get out there and try their luck. These top USA players need some coaches to travel with them. Do we have the resources to support them?
After a few BWF Grand Prix Gold tournaments including the recent Yonex German Open, it’s time now for the Superseries to begin with the Yonex All England 2017. Qualifying starts on Tuesday for the Superseries events with the Finals scheduled for next Sunday, March 12th. Fans are looking forward to seeing all the highest ranked players competing for this first big title of the year. And, it should be an exciting year with fantastic new doubles teams and singles players. Get ready to go on YouTube and find BWF BadmintonWorld.tv for the best coverage beginning with the round of 16 on Thursday, March 9th – live or on demand (begins at 4:00 AM P.S.T in the USA).