History of the German Open
In 2013, the German Open will take place for the 15th time in Mülheim an der Ruhr. 1975 to 1977, 1980 to 1982 and 2005 to 2012 the world`s best badminton players were guest in the town in North Rhine-Westphalia, too.
The first International German Badminton Championships were organised in 1955 in the former capital of Germany, Bonn - two years after the German Badminton Association (DBV) was founded. Since 1955, the most important tournament for the DBV took place every year with exception of 1970, 1979 and 1998. Until 1962 the championships were presented in Bonn. Since 1963 the tournament took place in several cities all over Germany.
In 1981 the International German Badminton Championships for the first time were allowed to call themselves "Open", because prize money raised to 20.000 US-$ (more than amateurs were allowed to earn). From 2005 to 2010 prize money was 80.000 US-$, since 2011 it´s 120.000 US-$.
Winners since 1955
German winners only in 1975
Up to now german players were successful at the German Open only in 1975: More than 30 years ago Brigitte Steden and Marieluise Zizmann won the women`s doubles. In addition, Zizmann – together with Wolfgang Bochow - claimed the title in mixed doubles.
The International German Badminton Championships 2010 are the 53rd since the first edition in 1955 in the former german capital Bonn. Since then the most important german badminton tournament took place every year with exception of 1970, 1979 and 1998.