Supported by Yonex, The Legends’ Vision initiative promotes greater awareness and increased participation in badminton.
The Legends’ Vision aim is to give something back to the places where the World Tour is staged – leaving a lasting legacy for the generations to come, to be inspired and become more involved in the sport that The Legends love so much.
Widely regarded as the greatest Single’s player of all time, China’s Lin Dan is nothing short of a legend in the world of Badminton. With Two Olympic Gold medals and Six Yonex All England Championships’ to his name as well as being a five-time World Champion. He is the first and only player to win The Super Grand Slam, made up of all nine major Badminton titles, following his win at the Malaysian Open in 2017. His notorious jump-smash has become a staple part of his game and served him well, seeing him to a staggering 66 career titles and a 654/116 win/loss record.
Lee Chong Wei
Malaysia’s Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei has become a true pioneer for the sport of Badminton throughout his many years of competing at the top level. With 69 Career titles, including 12 in his homeland at the Malaysian Open, he spent a staggering 199 consecutive weeks at World Number One. A three-time Olympic Silver medallist, he enjoyed many crowning moments in his career, most notably securing his Fourth Yonex All England Open title in 2017, and following this a year later in the Commonwealth Games with a Gold medal in the Singles and Silver in the mixed team event. With an astounding win/loss record reading 713/135, his signature forehand net lift shot became synonymous with the sport and left many opponents on their knees. A member of Team Yonex throughout his career, Chong Wei continues to pave the way for Badminton players around the world through his passionate work and steely determination, leaving an everlasting legacy and truly cementing himself as a Yonex Legend.
With unrivalled success in the country of his birth, six-time Indonesian Open Champion Taufik Hidayat had a long and successful career to take his place as a Yonex legend. Most widely known for his remarkable backhand smash, officially recognised as the fastest of all time, his greatest moment on the court saw him take Gold in the Men’s Singles at the 2004 Olympic Games. Hidayat graced the Badminton world with his speed and unrivalled power, earning Gold medals at the Busan and Doha Asian Olympics to go with his dominant spell at the previously mentioned Indonesian Open between 1999 and 2006.
Danish Badminton legend Peter Gade first burst onto the scene when he famously won the 1999 Yonex All England Men’s Singles title. A true master of deception on the court, his agility and speed made it difficult for opponents to deal with him. He went on to win Five European Championship crowns and 22 Grand Prix titles, and was an integral part of the emergence of Denmark in the sport, propelling them to a level at which they could compete with the previously completely dominant Asian teams. Now retired, he spent some time as Head Coach of the French national team before setting up the Peter Gade Academy at the Gentofte Badminton Club in his native Copenhagen.
Lee Yong Dae
Successful across both Men’s and Mixed Doubles, South Korean Lee Yong Dae must truly be recognised as a legend of the sport. With an incredibly impressive resume of titles, his most notable include claiming Gold at the Beijing Olympic games in 2008 and following this up with a Bronze four years later in London. Having spent 104 consecutive weeks as World Number One in Men’s Doubles, Lee Yong Dae also claimed a whole host of titles around the world including four Asian Championships, one Asian games, 26 Super Series wins and ten Super Series Premier wins. On becoming a part of the Yonex Legends Vision initiative, Yong Dae said, “I am very interested in Legend’s Vision and believe it to be a great way to promote badminton worldwide. I am especially interested because, like me, Yonex share a common goal to inspire and motivate the younger generation. I’m very honored to be joining the Legends.”
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