The champions of the past years
Since 30 years badminton players from all over the world hear the words: game, set and match at the great badminton event in Saarland. What began as a simple and small tournament has become a fixture in the badminton scene. Even more than that: it became a highlight in the international tournament calendar. At the beginning there was the idea to organize an international badminton event. The fact that the tournament was able to establish itself in the international badminton circus - that’s exactly what nobody thought and believed 30 years ago. At the beginning still under the name BMW Cup, the players carried out their matches in different gyms in Saarbrücken.
The tournament became more and more popular over the time and more and more top players took part. After several tournaments, the organizer took a heart and rewrote the tournament. So all German top players were able to compete with the international badminton elite. They operated with a more offensive sponsor search and thus could raise the prize money step by step.The category A tournament BMW Cup became the Grand Prix tournament Bitburger Open. The Bitburger SaarLorLux Badminton Open became the result of a cooperation with neighboring countries France and Luxembourg.And since 2010, the Grand Prix tournament has risen to the gold category of the International Badminton World Federation (BWF). This was accompanied by an increase in the prize money from 50,000 to 120,000 US dollars.