United States
AssociationUSA Badminton (USAB)
ConfederationBPA (Pan America)
PresidentFred Teng
BWF ranking
Current ranking15 Steady (2 April 2024)
Highest ranking14 (6 October 2011)
Sudirman Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1989)
Best resultGroup stage
Thomas Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1949)
Best resultRunners-up (1952)
Uber Cup
Appearances12 (first in 1957)
Best resultChampions (1957, 1960, 1963)
Pan Am Mixed Team Championships
Appearances21 (first in 1977)
Best resultChampions (2001)
Pan Am Men's Team Championships
Appearances5 (first in 2016)
Best resultRunners-up (2018)
Pan Am Women's Team Championships
Appearances5 (first in 2016)
Best resultChampions (2016, 2022)

The United States national badminton team represents the United States in international badminton team competitions.[1] The national team is controlled by the governing body for badminton in the country, USA Badminton. The United States is one of the five founding members of the Badminton Pan America.

The United States achieved immense success from the 1940s to the 1970s. In 1952, the men's team were runners-up at the 1952 edition of the Thomas Cup where they lost to Malaya. The woman's team achieved a title hat-trick in the Uber Cup, winning the title three consecutive times from 1957 to 1963.

In individual events, the United States has won 1 gold medal in the BWF World Championships. It was won by Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan in the 2005 edition held in Anaheim, California.

History

See also: Badminton in the United States

Badminton in the United States dates back to the late 19th century. The first American badminton club was formed in New York in 1878. During the 1930s, badminton had become a popular sport in the United States. Establishments such as the YMCA, universities and more all formed badminton clubs and the popularity of the sport began to take growth.[2] The sport was also aided by the support of celebrity participation.

Celebrities such as Bette Davis, Douglas Fairbanks, Dick Powell, and others all participated in the sport, helping badminton gain popularity during the mid-half of the 20th century.

Men's team

The United States competed in the first edition of the Thomas Cup in 1949. The team won bronze after losing 6–3 in the knockout stages to Malaya. American badminton legends Joe Alston and Wynn Rogers helped the team to advanced one step further and reach the final of the 1952 Thomas Cup when they defeated the Indian doubles pair and earned the winning point for the team. In the final of the 1952 Thomas Cup, the team lost to Malaya. After their participation in the 1967 Thomas Cup, the men's team started to show a decline in quality after failing to qualify for the Thomas Cup for almost 4 decades.[3]

In 2004, the team qualified for the 2004 Thomas Cup again after they won the 2004 Pan American Men's Team Championships. The team were eliminated in the wild-card knockout stage thrice in 2004, 2006 and 2010. In 2022, the team finished in 4th place at the 2022 Pan Am Male Badminton Cup.[4][5] The team however still qualified for the 2022 Thomas Cup after the withdrawal of New Zealand.[6] They were placed in Group D with Malaysia, Japan and England.[7][8] The team finished on the bottom of the group and did not advance to the knockout stage.

In the 2024 Pan Am Male Badminton Cup, the team were eliminated in the group stages after losing to Brazil and Mexico in their group.

Women's team

The American women's team triumphed between the 1950s and the 1960s. They were the first to be crowned as Uber Cup champions in 1957. The team, led by stalwarts such as Judy Devlin and Margaret Varner first defeated Canada 7–0 in the qualifying round, then beat India 7–0 in the knockout round. In the final stage, they overcame their Danish opponents and defeated them 6–1 in the final. The team won their second Uber Cup by beating Denmark for a second time. In 1963, the American team won the Uber Cup title for a third time after winning 4–3 against England.[9] In 1966, the team's Uber Cup reign came to an end when they lost 5–2 to Japan in the 1966 Uber Cup final. The women's team also suffered a massive decline after the 1960s and failed to qualify for the Uber Cup for a few years. The team finished third in the 1978 Uber Cup.[10]

In 2006, the team qualified for the Uber Cup once again after failing to qualify for almost 30 years. The team were eliminated in the first round of the knockout stages. In 2022, the women's team won the 2022 Pan Am Female Badminton Cup and qualified for the 2022 Uber Cup.[11] The team finished last in the group.[8] In 2024, the team were runners-up at the 2024 Pan Am Female Badminton Cup. The team lost 3–0 to Canada in the final.

Mixed team

The United States first competed in the 1989 Sudirman Cup. The team were grouped with New Zealand, Finland and Austria in the Group 5 classification group. The team lost 5–0 to New Zealand, then beat Finland and Austria 5–0 to finish in 21st place.[12] In 2001, the team made history by winning their first mixed team title at the 2001 Pan Am Mixed Team Championships after beating Canada in the final. In the 2019 Sudirman Cup, the United States finished in 19th place after defeating Israel in the 19th place tie.[13]

In 2023, the United States reached the final of the 2023 Pan Am Mixed Team Championships but lost 3–0 to Canada.[14]

Competitive record

Pan American Team Championships

FISU World University Games

See also: Badminton at the FISU World University Games

Mixed team

Year Round Pos
2007 Did not enter
2011
2013 Group stage 18th
2015 Group stage 20th
2017 Group stage 12th
2021 Quarter-finals 8th
2025 To be determined

World University Team Championships

Mixed team

Year Round Pos
2008 Did not enter
2010
2012
2014 Group stage 15th
2016 Did not enter
2018 Group stage 14th
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Junior competitive record

Suhandinata Cup

See also: BWF World Junior Championships

Year Round Pos
2000 Did not enter
2002
2004 Group stage 20th
2006 Group stage 20th
2007 Group stage 16th
2008 Did not enter
2009
2010 Group stage 20th
2011 Group stage 21st
2012 Group stage 20th
2013 Group stage 27th
2014 Group stage 20th
2015 Group stage 19th
2016 Group stage 14th
2017 Group stage 22nd
2018 Group stage 18th
2019 Group stage 18th
2022 Quarter-finals 6th
2023 Group stage 10th
2024 To be determined

Pan American Junior Team Championships

See also: Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships

Mixed team

Year Round Pos
1977 Runners-up 2nd
1978 Runners-up 2nd
1979 Runners-up 2nd
1980 Runners-up 2nd
1981 Third place 3rd
1988 Runners-up 2nd
1990 Runners-up 2nd
1991 Did not enter
1992
1994
1996 Champions 1st
1998 Runners-up 2nd
2000 Runners-up 2nd
2002 Champions 1st
2004 Champions 1st
2006 Third place 3rd
2007 Champions 1st
2008 Third place 3rd
2009 Champions 1st
2010 Champions 1st
2011 Fourth place 4th
2012 Champions 1st
2013 Third place 3rd
2014 Champions 1st
2015 Champions 1st
2016 Third place 3rd
2017 Champions 1st
2018 Third place 3rd
2019 Runners-up 2nd
2021 Champions 1st
2022 Champions 1st
2023 Champions 1st
2024 To be determined
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Players

Current squad

As of 2 January 2024

Men's team

Name DoB/Age Ranking of event
MS MD XD
Enrico Asuncion (1998-11-08) 8 November 1998 (age 25) 182 228 -
Adrian Mar (2004-09-30) 30 September 2004 (age 19) 416 228 736
Vinson Chiu (1998-08-08) 8 August 1998 (age 25) - 50 31
Joshua Yuan (2003-07-25) 25 July 2003 (age 20) - 50 539
Howard Shu (1990-11-28) 28 November 1990 (age 33) 76 - -
Patrick Chi (2006-04-04) 4 April 2006 (age 18) 811 - 494
Jacob Zhang (2001-06-04) 4 June 2001 (age 23) 1057 383 -
William Hu (2002-03-26) 26 March 2002 (age 22) 386 383 -
Chen Zhi-yi (2004-08-18) 18 August 2004 (age 19) - 65 238
Presley Smith (2003-07-16) 16 July 2003 (age 20) - 65 54

Women's team

Name DoB/Age Ranking of event
WS WD XD
Beiwen Zhang (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 34) 9 - -
Iris Wang (1994-09-02) 2 September 1994 (age 29) 44 - -
Lauren Lam (2003-01-15) 15 January 2003 (age 21) 49 44 -
Natalie Chi (2004-10-09) 9 October 2004 (age 19) 350 - 494
Francesca Corbett (2005-06-03) 3 June 2005 (age 19) 303 36 238
Allison Lee (2005-03-24) 24 March 2005 (age 19) - 36 54
Annie Xu (1999-10-22) 22 October 1999 (age 24) - 31 -
Kerry Xu (1999-10-22) 22 October 1999 (age 24) - 31 -
Esther Shi (2001-11-07) 7 November 2001 (age 22) 182 - 241
Jennie Gai (2001-02-25) 25 February 2001 (age 23) 94 - 31

Previous squads

Thomas Cup

Uber Cup

References

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