London Grand Prix Gold 2013: Complete Event Schedule and Preview

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor IOctober 1, 2013

The BWF Grand Prix Gold 2013 series hits London for the first time on Tuesday, with six days of badminton action comprising 243 matches set to decide champions across five badminton formats.

Taking place in the Copper Box arena, in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, the event holds a minimum prize fund of $120,000 and will draw some of the best badminton players from around the world to London as the city hosts a Grand Prix Gold event for the first time.

The 12th such event of the 2013 season, the Grand Prix Gold is sure to be an entertaining and action-packed week of high-quality badminton action.

With several of the world's leading players absent from the tournament, Denmark will provide the big names in the men's draw, with world No. 5 Jans O. Jorgensen the No. 1 seed. His main competition will come in the form of second seed Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.

In the women's draw, meanwhile, it will be Thai world No. 16 Porntip Buranaprasertsuk who will start the tournament as favourite for the main prize. Her main competition, meanwhile, is likely to come in the form of Busanan Ongbumrungpan, who is currently ranked No. 20 in the world per BWF.

Local attention will be on English No. 1 and world No. 25 Rajiv Ouseph, who will begin the men's tournament as the No. 4 seed. The English No. 2 pair of Chris Langridge and Peter Mills, meanwhile, will begin the men's doubles tournament as a second seed.

In the women's tournament, those hopes will fall upon 20-year-old Kirsty Gilmour, who is currently sitting at her career-best ranking of 35th in the world. The Scot will start the tournament as the fifth seed in the women's singles draw.

A full rundown of the draws can be found on the BWF official website.

With tickets from as little as £6 on the opening day, the Grand Prix Gold should be a great affordable addition to the London sporting calendar in one of the city's most modern and distinctive venues.

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