The India Open Badminton Tournament was first founded in 1973. It ran intermittently until 1997. A total of 6 tournaments were held in 1973, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1997. Since 2008 it has been run as an annual event, although in different formats. From 2011, all the India Open badminton matches have taken place in the Siri Sports Complex in Delhi.
Grand Prix Gold
The India Open was relaunched as an anual tournament in 2007. However, although the first edition of this event should have taken place in Hyderabad in 2007, it was postponed until 2008 because of the Hyderabad bombings. The first three editions were designated as Grand Prix Gold events.
In 2011, the Badminton World Federation upgraded the India Open to be part of the BWF Super Series of international Grade 2 badminton tournaments. The Super Series itself was launched in December 2006, with the first matches taking place in 2007.
There were 12 tournaments in the Super Series divided into two levels — seven Super Series tournaments and five Super Series Premier tournaments. The India Open formed one of the seven BWF World Tour Super Series events. The top eight players and pairs in both levels played in the Super Series Finals scheduled at the year-end.
BWF World Tour Super 500
In 2017 a restructuing of the Super Series was announced. In 2018, the India Open became part of the new BWF World Tour series of tournaments. This consistes of three Super 1000, five Super 750, seven Super 500, and eleven Super 300 tounaments culminating in the World Tour Finals. The India Open now forms part of the super 500 series.
The matches scheduled for 2020 and 2021 were ll cancelled dur to Covid-19. The 2022 India Open is scheduled for January 2022.
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