22 March 2013
Sports-lovers won’t want to miss the exciting showdown at Darling Harbour in early April, when the best of the best from the world of badminton descend on Sydney for the 2013 Yonex Australian Badminton Open.
Players including current world number one Lee Chong Wei – who hails from Malaysia and holds the title of top men’s singles player, as well as an Olympic silver medal for doubles – will complete for more than US$120,000 during their time in the harbour city, which is set to kick off on Tuesday, April 2. This is the highest cash prize awarded in any Oceania-based badminton competition.
The competitors hail from more than 28 different countries and will compete in all five disciplines of badminton – men’s and women’s singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles.
Badminton is considered to be among the world’s fastest and most exciting racquet sports, and you will want to be there to see all the action kick off – the tournaments will get progressively more intense as players compete for a spot in the April 7 final. Daily tickets can be purchased for this event through Ticketek – note that the price of adult and child tickets rises as the week progresses.
The tournament takes place at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre in Darling Harbour – which is also an excellent base for anyone travelling from outside the city to experience all the excitement.
The area is home to a host of family-friendly venues and attractions, including the beautiful Chinese Garden of Friendship, as well as WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Darling Harbour is just a ten-minute walk away from the Sydney CBD and visitors can rest assured that there are several accommodation options to choose from in the area.