BWF World Tour Prize Money in 2023

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When it comes to the highest levels of competitive badminton, we’ve all got questions about how much money the best badminton players make. If you ask me, a better question would be this: “How much can badminton players make if they place at any of the tournaments in the 2023 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour?” Not one to let my readers down, I’m here to answer this question and more!

In 2023, the BWF announced the prize money for the tournaments comprising the prestigious World Tour circuit. Of the BWF World Tour tournaments, the World Tour Finals have the highest payout at $2 million. Next are the Super 1000 or level 2 tournaments with a pot amounting to $1.25 million. From here, the Super 750 tournaments have a total payout amounting to $850,000, which is $430,000 more than the Super 500 tournaments. Last but not least, we’ve got the Super 300 tournaments paying players a total of $210,000 — if they place consistently, of course.

It’s safe to say that success in the World Tour doesn’t just get players points. It gets them paid!

Join me as I spill the tea on 2023’s BWF World Tour prize money!

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BWF World Tour Tournaments and Prize Money in 2023

The prize money in the World Tour has undergone some changes between 2018 and 2022. This year, the BWF has once again shaken things up by upping the ante on the prize money. Below is a table on the World Tour prize money in 2023.

LevelTournament Category2023 Prize MoneyNumber of Tournaments
1World Tour Finals$2,000,0001
2Super 1000$1,250,0004
3Super 750$850,0006
4Super 500$420,0009
5Super 300$210,00010
6Super 100$120,0004

If you’ve read my post about the World Tour Prize money in 2019, you’ll notice that there aren’t as many Super 100 tournaments this year. That’s because several of them have yet to be scheduled.

Right now, there have only been four scheduled Super 100 tournaments. The Ruichang China Masters have already finished. The ones that are yet to take place are the 2023 Indonesia Masters, Vietnam Open, and Kaohsiung Masters.

I’ll be sure to update this post if any further changes appear on the BWF’s World Tour Tournament Calendar!

This Year’s Tournaments and Sponsors

With prize money amounting to millions, you can’t expect the BWF to foot the bill for all its tournaments. This is where the sport’s deep-pocketed sponsors come in!

If you’re excited about all the World Tour action that’s to come your way, you’ve got several sponsors to thank.

LevelTournament Name2023 Prize MoneySponsor
1World Tour Finals$2,000,000HSBC
22023 Malaysia Open$1,250,000Petronas
22023 All England Open Badminton Championships$1,250,000Yonex
22023 Indonesia Open$1,250,000KAPAL API Group
22023 China Open$1,250,000Victor
32023 Sunrise India Open$850,000Yonex
32023 Singapore Open$850,000KFF
32023 Japan Open$850,000Daihatsu
32023 Denmark Open$850,000Victor
32023 French Open$850,000Yonex
32023 China Masters$850,000TBA

The above tournaments have been where the biggest names in the sport cemented their reputations as the best. Let’s not forget how the best of the best also have to go through level 4, 5, and even 6 tournaments on the road to the World Tour Finals!

LevelTournament Name2023 Prize MoneySponsor
42023 Indonesia Masters$420,000Daihatsu
42023 Malaysia Masters (presented by Daihatsu)$420,000Perodua
42023 Thailand Open$420,000Toyota Gazoo Racing
42023 Canada Open$420,000Yonex
42023 Korea Open$420,000TBA
42023 Australian Open$420,000SATHIO Group
42023 Hong Kong Open$420,000TBA
42023 Arctic Open$420,000Yonex
42023 Kumamoto Masters Japan$420,000TBA
52023 Thailand Masters$210,000Princess Sirivannari
52023 German Open$210,000Yonex
52023 Swiss Open$210,000Yonex
52023 Madrid Spain Masters$210,000TBA
52023 Orleans Masters$240,000Victor
52023 Taipei Open$210,000Yonex
52023 U.S. Open$210,000Yonex
52023 New Zealand Open$210,000-canceled-
52023 Hylo Open$210,000Hylo
52023 Korea Masters$210,000TBA
52023 India International$210,000Syed Modi
62023 Ruichang China Masters$120,000None
62023 Indonesia Masters$100,000BNI
62023 Vietnam Open$100,000None
62023 Kaohsiung Masters$100,000Victor

Level 6 tournaments or Super 100 tournaments are a recent addition to the BWF’s World Tour qualification format. Though it’s not officially a World Tour-grade tournament, it’s a tournament that grants ranking points for anyone looking to qualify for all World Tour competitions.

What’s the Prize Money for the 2023 BWF World Championships?

The 2023 BWF World Championships did not have any prize money. The players are there to compete for glory and to be called World Champions!

What’s the Prize Money for Olympics in Badminton?

The Olympic committee does not pay out prize money for any sports. However, some countries have “bounties” on medals that can pay out quite well. See the Incentives for Olympic medalists by country Wikipedia post for the numbers.

What Is the BWF World Tour Final?

To ensure that only the best of the best players cap off the year, the BWF has arranged World Tour tournaments into tiers or levels. Towards the end of the year, you’ll find the Super 100, 300, 500, 750, and 1,000 tournaments. After qualification, players compete on the biggest stage of the World Tour — the BWF World Tour Finals.

The HSBC BWF World Tour Finals take place every December. As the final tournament of the year, it’s the pinnacle for players participating in the World Tour. To secure a coveted spot in this prestigious season finale, players must achieve exceptional rankings throughout the season.

Only the top eight players in each of the five disciplines have the honor of qualifying for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals. By reaching the World Tour Finals, these players showcase their remarkable skills and compete against the very best in their respective disciplines.

“Show Me the Money!” — I Just Did!

We all know that badminton brings big payouts for the people who place. Now, you have a better clue about how much some of the greats make on the World Tour. When you see the best place at the All England or China Open, you’ll know that their sense of accomplishment is full — and so are their bank accounts!

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  1. Absolutely thrilled to see the remarkable growth in BWF World Tour prize money for 2023! This not only reflects the increasing global popularity of badminton, but also the commendable efforts of players, organizers, and fans alike. The dedication and hard work put into elevating the sport are truly paying off. Kudos to everyone involved in making this happen, and here’s to a future where badminton continues to shine on and off the court!

    • Thank you for reading and leaving a comment! BWF definitely needs bigger prize money to incentive more professional players around the world. It’s good to see it growing but there’s a long way to go if you compare it to soccer, tennis, basketball, etc!

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