The Oceania Tour 2022 is about to be injected with pace as a series of Grade Three tournaments take place across Australia and New Zealand in October:
- YONEX Sydney International 2022 (International Series) – 5-9 October
- YONEX Bendigo International 2022 (International Challenge) – 12-16 October
- VICTOR North Harbour International 2022 (International Challenge) – 20-23 October
The initiative is linked to Badminton Oceania’s Player Development programme (supported by the Badminton World Federation) and is comprised of five tournaments. The players who accumulate the highest amount of World Ranking points in each discipline (MS, WS, MD, WD, XD) from eligible tournaments will be awarded with prize money to support future training or competition costs.
The VICTOR Oceania Championships 2022 (held in April 2022) was the first tournament to take place as part of the Tour, with the following winners currently leading in the rankings:
|Men’s Singles||Edward Lau (New Zealand)|
|Women’s Singles||Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen (Australia)|
|Men’s Doubles||Abhinav Manota and Jack Wang (New Zealand)|
|Women’s Doubles||Joyce Choong and Sylvina Kurniawan (Australia)|
|Mixed Doubles||Gronya Somerville and Kenneth Choo (Australia)|
All Oceania Tour rankings are available to view here.
Most of the winners from the Oceania Championships are among the M&Q report for the upcoming YONEX Sydney International 2022, with the exception of Abhinav/Jack who are not competing, and Joyce/Sylvina who are playing, but with different partners in the women’s doubles. More M&Q reports, seeding reports and draws for all three tournaments will be available over the coming weeks.
Following these three events, only one remains, the SATHIO GROUP Australian Badminton Open (15-20 November 2022). Once this HSBC World Tour 300 tournament is complete and the world ranking points have been calculated, the Oceania Tour 2022 winners in each discipline will be announced (no later than 24 November 2022).
All matches on courts one and two at the upcoming Grade Three tournaments will be available to watch for free on the live stream via Badminton Oceania’s YouTube Channel. Moreover, the latest news, information and clips from the tournaments will be available to view on Badminton Oceania’s Facebook page.