Men’s doubles is explosive and fast. Partnerships need the perfect balance of teamwork, speed, and raw power to be the very best. Now the question is, what age do men’s doubles players perform at their peak? In this post, we’ve gathered data in the top professional tournaments from 2000 to 2021 to determine what the prime age is for men’s doubles. Here are the results.
Statistically, the prime age for men’s doubles players is around 26 years old. Results indicate that men’s doubles players still perform very well up to age 34. Overall, players players from the ages of 23 to 34 have a good chance of winning a major title. Results drop off for ages less than 23 and higher than 34.
|Prime Age for Men’s Singles||Link|
|Prime Age for Women’s Singles||Link|
|Prime Age for Men’s Doubles||Link|
|Prime Age for Women’s Doubles||Link|
|Prime Age for Mixed Doubles||Link|
To get these results, we collected the ages of all the men’s doubles badminton players that won gold medals at the Yonex All England, World Championships, and Olympic Games from 2000 to 2021. The ages that were used to calculate the results represent the ages at which the players won the tournaments. You can see all of the data visualized and organized in tables below.
As shown above, the most common men’s doubles gold medalist age is 26 years old. However, the average and median ages are 27.4 and 26.5 years old respectively. The spread of the results are quite interesting since there are several spikes in medals as we go higher from the average of 26.5 years. Generally, we would expect a gradual decline from the peak like we see on the left of 26. However, we see spikes at 29 and 34, which seem a bit strange.
What might help explain these spikes is the fact that men’s doubles pairings come with 2 players. Having to work with another player requires a lot of teamwork and partners who have played longer with each other are probably more in sync with each other. Furthermore, having 2 players on a court make it so each player has to cover a smaller portion of the court. While doubles is usually faster paced, it does mean that doubles players do not need to travel as much and have more “breaks” when their partner is the one hitting the shuttle. This might help explain why there are more older players who have won gold medals than what we see in men’s singles.
Here’s all of the major statistics summarized:
All England Results
|2004||Martin Lundgaard Hansen||31.5|
|2006||Martin Lundgaard Hansen||33.5|
|2007||Koo Kien Keat||21.5|
|2007||Tan Boon Heong||19.5|
|2017||Marcus Fernaldi Gideon||26|
|2017||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo||21.5|
|2018||Marcus Fernaldi Gideon||27|
|2018||Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo||22.5|
World Championships and Olympic Games Results
Years 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 are for the Olympic Games.