Tickets, livestream, general conditions - All info on the start of the tournament
Today, Tuesday, the starting signal was given for the international HYLO Badminton Open 2021. Until Sunday, November 7, the absolute elite of the sport will compete in the Saarlandhalle in Saarbrücken for 320,000 US dollars in prize money. The athlete:s of the German Badminton Association (DBV) will measure themselves against the international top stars of the scene at their home match. "It's just cool that badminton is back after the Corona break. We hope that we can use the home advantage and get one or two wins," says national player Isabel Lohau optimistically.
Strong opponents at the home tournament
In total, six German players will compete at the HYLO Open 2021. The DBV was originally represented in every discipline. In the men's singles, however, three-time German champion Max Weißkirchen had to cancel his participation at short notice due to a groin injury. Last year, singles specialist Yvonne Li reached the final of the Saarbrücken Badminton Tournament. This year, the 23-year-old will start from the 7th seed and will have to beat Iris Wang from the USA in the opening round.
The German men's doubles team of Mark Lamsfuß and Marvin Seidel has already made the headlines several times this year. As freshly crowned runners-up in the European Championships and Olympic participants the two start the home tournament with a great confidence. Early on Tuesday evening, they will face the Scottish brothers Christopher and Matthew Grimley. "The draw is very interesting for us. We have to be 100% clear from the start and will prepare well for each match," reveals Mark Lamsfuß.
In the women's doubles Linda Efler and Isabel Lohau will first face Clara Azurmendi and Beatrice Corrales from Spain. Both Isabel Lohau and Linda Efler will also serve in the mixed doubles. Here Lohau will play with Mark Lamsfuß against Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet from Hong Kong. In this match, the European Championship bronze medallists want to take revenge for a narrow defeat at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Linda Efler and Jones Jansen will also have a tough task against the strong Englishmen Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.
Remaining contingent at the box office
Those who have not secured a ticket for this badminton treat in the pre-sale can still enjoy this sporting event of world-class format at short notice. Tickets are still available at the box office for all tournament days.
Watch live from home
Those who cannot make it to the Saarlandhalle themselves this year can also watch live from the sofa when the German national players compete with the international competition. All matches of the HYLO Badminton Open 2021 will be streamed live on the tournament website www.hylo-open.de or on sportdeutschland.tv. In addition, Radio Salü will broadcast about 30 minutes live on YouTube from the Saarlandhalle about the tournament every day from 6 pm. And also the daily tournament magazine HYLO Open Inside with highlights, interviews and further insights into the tournament action will be available every evening on the YouTube channel of the HYLO Badminton Open.
Parallel event on the semifinal day
On the Saturday of the tournament, November 6, there will be disruptions to travel to the Saarlandhalle due to the soccer match between 1. FC Saarbrücken and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. The access roads around the Saarlandhalle will be closed to cars from 10 a.m. on this day due to the high-risk 3rd division match at the Ludwigsparkstadion. Therefore, the organizers have agreed with the city of Saarbrücken on a special arrangement for all spectators of the HYLO Badminton Open.
Parking and shuttle at the Hermann-Neuberger-Sportschule
Parking is available for all badminton fans at the nearby Hermann-Neuberger-Sportschule. From there, a shuttle bus will run continuously from 10:30 a.m. to the Saarlandhalle and back. The shuttle transfer is free of charge for all spectators of the HYLO Open.
"Despite the extremely unfavorable scheduling of this high-risk match, we have found a good solution for all our spectators. We will take everyone directly to the entrance of the Saarlandhalle with the shuttle free of charge. No one has to worry," explains tournament director Frank Liedke. To enable the spectators to arrive as stress-free and early as possible, the Saarlandhalle will be open from 11 a.m. on Saturday. The semifinals will start at 1 pm.