Famous badminton players include Eddie Choong, David G. Freeman, Prakash Padukone and Judy Devlin-Hashman. These talented individuals are credited with increasing the popularity of the racket sport around the world and its eventual entry into the Olympic Games.Continue Reading
Known for his ability to deliver the shuttlecock with pinpoint accuracy, Freeman is considered the greatest American player of all-time. Freeman dominated the national scene of the racket sport from 1939 to 1942, winning a combined 10 singles and doubles championships.
After years of winning a number of singles and doubles events from 1950 to 1966, Choong was inducted into the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1997. The Badminton World Federation names its "Player of the Year" in honor of the Malaysian star.
Devlin is considered the greatest female player ever, winning more major international titles than any female player of her era. From 1953 to 1973, the Canadian-born player won 86 national and international titles across several countries, including 31 in the United States.
In 1980, Padukone became the first Indian to capture the All England Championship and eventually took home the bronze medal at the 1983 World Championships. After his retirement, he briefly served as chairman of the Badminton Association of India and coached the national team from 1993 to 1996.Learn more about Athletes