The BWF World Tour is a Grade 2 badminton tournament series, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). It is a competition open to the top world ranked players in singles (men's and women's) and doubles (men's, women's and mixed).[1] The competition was announced on 19 March 2017 and came into effect starting from 2018, replacing the BWF Super Series, which was held from 2007 to 2017.[2]

The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, and Super 300 in order (part of the HSBC World Tour). One other category of tournament, the BWF Tour Super 100 level, also offers ranking points.[3]

Features

Prize money

BWF World Tour Super 1000
BWF World Tour Super 1000
BWF World Tour Super 750
BWF World Tour Super 750
BWF World Tour Super 500
BWF World Tour Super 500
BWF World Tour Super 300
BWF World Tour Super 300

This table shows minimum total prize money for each level of BWF World Tour tournament.[2] The minimum total prize money is decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. All values are in United States dollar.

Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
World Tour Finals 1,500,000 2,000,000
Super 1000 1,000,000 1,100,000 850,000 1,000,000 1,250,000
Super 750 700,000 750,000 600,000 700,000 850,000
Super 500 350,000 400,000 320,000 350,000 420,000
Super 300 150,000 170,000 140,000 150,000 210,000
Super 100 75,000 90,000 75,000

The prize money is distributed via the following formula:[4]

World Tour Finals

Round Men's singles Women's singles Men's doubles Women's doubles Mixed doubles
Winner 8.00% 8.00% 8.40% 8.40% 8.40%
Runner-up 4.00% 4.00% 4.00% 4.00% 4.00%
Semi-finalist 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00%
3rd in Group 1.10% 1.10% 1.30% 1.30% 1.30%
4th in Group 0.60% 0.60% 0.70% 0.70% 0.70%

Super 1000 and Super 750

Round Men's singles Women's singles Men's doubles Women's doubles Mixed doubles
Winner 7.00% 7.00% 7.40% 7.40% 7.40%
Runner-up 3.40% 3.40% 3.50% 3.50% 3.50%
Semi-finalist 1.4% 1.4% 1.4% 1.4% 1.4%
Quarter-finalist 0.55% 0.55% 0.625% 0.625% 0.625%
Last 16 0.3% 0.3% 0.325% 0.325% 0.325%
Last 32 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%

Super 500, Super 300, and Super 100

Round Men's singles Women's singles Men's doubles Women's doubles Mixed doubles
Winner 7.5% 7.5% 7.9% 7.9% 7.9%
Runner-up 3.8% 3.8% 3.8% 3.8% 3.8%
Semi-finalist 1.45% 1.45% 1.40% 1.40% 1.40%
Quarter-finalist 0.6% 0.6% 0.725% 0.725% 0.725%
Last 16 0.35% 0.35% 0.375% 0.375% 0.375%

World Ranking points

Main article: BWF World Ranking

Entries

Level Entries closed[5] No of players/pairs[1] Qualifying round
Super 1000 42 days before tournament date All disciplines: 32 (32 main) No
Super 750
Super 500 All disciplines: 32 (28 main + 4Q) Yes (if any)
Super 300 35 days before tournament date
Super 100 Men's Singles (MS): 48 (40 main + 8Q)
Other than MS: 32 (28 main + 4Q)

Each tournament will be held in six days, with the main round in five days.[1]

Nationality separation

Level Nationality separation[1]
Level 2 Players from the same nation are not separated in the main draw
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5

Player commitment regulations

Top fifteen singles players and top ten doubles pairs in the World Ranking will be required to play in all 4 Super 1000, all 6 Super 750, and 2 out of 8 Super 500 tournaments occurring in the full calendar year, making it a total of 12 mandatory tournaments. A fine of US$5000 per event will be imposed upon players/pairs who fail to play. Exemption from penalty will be considered by BWF on receipt of a valid medical certificate or strong evidence that prove players unfit to participate. However, suspended or retired are not subject to these regulations.[6][7]

Umpires

Current regulations state that at least six umpires must be from member associations other than the host member association, at least four BWF and two continental certificated umpires with well spread nationality. All umpires and service judges shall meet the eligibility criteria set for the panel of Technical Officials they belong to.[1]

Tournaments

Every four years, the BWF Council will review the countries that host a BWF World Tour tournament.

There is a BWF World Tour Finals, four Super 1000, six Super 750, seven Super 500, and eleven Super 300 tournaments in a season.[1] BWF Tour Super 100 tournaments are still counted to earn the points to BWF World Tour Finals. Super 100 tournaments are selected in every year, 11 tournaments are selected in 2018. For 2019 onward, Scottish Open was relegated to International Challenge. For 2021, Dutch Open was relegated to International Challenge.

 Super 1000
 Super 750
 Super 500
 Super 300
 Super 100
 Cancelled

BWF World Tour Finals

Main article: BWF World Tour Finals

At the end of the BWF World Tour circuit, top eight players/pairs in the BWF World Tour standing of each discipline, with the maximum of two players/pairs from the same member association, are required to play in a final tournament known as the BWF World Tour Finals.[1] It offers minimum total prize money of US$1,500,000.[2]

If two or more players are tie in ranking, the selection of players will based on the following criteria:[1]

Performances by countries

Tabulated below are the World Tour performances based on countries. Only countries who have won a title are listed:

Title sponsor

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "BWF World Tour Regulations" (PDF). 2018-01-15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-12-07. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  2. ^ a b c Alleyne, Gayle (19 March 2017). "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation.
  3. ^ Sukumar, Dev (10 January 2018). "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Distribution of Prize Money (All Levels)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-12-07. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  5. ^ "Time Lines for Tournaments" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Player Commitment Regulations" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  7. ^ "Getting top 15 players to play in 12 meets a year may prove costly".
  8. ^ "BWF Launches HSBC Partnership and 'Guangzhou Finals'". Badminton World Federation. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  9. ^ "BWF and HSBC Extend for a Year". Badminton World Federation. 19 October 2021. Retrieved 31 October 2021.