The Legends’ Vision: Three Badminton Greats Assemble Ahead of the YONEX All England Open

Preceding the main draw of the prestigious YONEX All England Open, three of badminton’s great legends gathered for a special event to kick off the tournament. Appropriately titled “The Legends’ Vision,” Taufik HidayatPeter Gade and Lin Dan appeared on the same stage offer their views on the game of badminton and its future.

These three individuals all continue to contribute greatly to badminton in several capacities. After retirement, Taufik maintains an arena in Indonesia to his name focusing on the upbringing of young talent, and Peter continues to strive for the further popularization of badminton across Europe. Lin Dan boasts incredible achievements, and continues to exhibit remarkable performance across several tournaments. With an amazing assembly of badminton greats, and proceedings hosted by former doubles player and current Superseries commentator Gillian Clark, this marked the first time an event of this scale had been held.

The event opened with President Ben Yoneyama announcing YONEX’s partnership with Lin Dan, followed by Peter and Taufik joining Lin Dan on stage. The three legends spoke deeply of their visions regarding badminton’s future, offering insights on technological advances in the game, and how they would personally shape the future of the sport. The legends also reminisced about their best All England memories, among several other topics.

The brand new Lin Dan Exclusive's symbol was also revealed at the event. This symbol will be displayed on his products as he aims for the top at this year's tournament. As the event concluded, Taufik and Peter paid a visit to the YONEX Stringing Team, who provided them with tireless and trustworthy support in the past.

Taufik, Peter, and Lin Dan’s in-depth commentary will be included in a video of the event which will be live shortly, so be sure not to miss it!

The All England Open’s main draw gets underway today, with world class shuttlers Lin Dan, Jan O. Jorgensen (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, SHBSC6iEX), Saina Nehwal (NANORAY 900) and Carolina Marin (NANORAY Z-SPEED, SHBF1NLTD) set to show off their skills at the world’s most prestigious badminton tournament.