A leak in the roof of the Utilita Arena in Birmingham has caused a delay to proceedings on Day 1 of the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2022.
The men’s doubles match between Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and France’s Lucas Corvee/Ronan Labar was delayed with water dripping onto the court.
Play was halted at 2-1 in the second game to move the match from Court 4 to Court 3. The match resumed 11m52s later with the Indonesians going on to win 21-12 21-18.
Court 4 was subsequently moved safely away from the location of the leak, with matches resuming there 2h30m later.
BWF, Badminton England and venue management continue to monitor the situation to prevent any further delays to play.