Rajiv Ouseph

Theratil Rajiv Ouseph[2][3] (born 30 August 1986) is a former badminton player from England. A member of the Great Britain and England Badminton squads, he is the current England number one men's singles player. In 2017, Ouseph won the Men's singles title at the European Badminton Championships, becoming European champion.

Rajiv Ouseph
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Personal information
Country England
Born (1986-08-30) 30 August 1986 (age 34)
Hounslow, London, England
ResidenceMilton Keynes, England
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
Men's singles
Highest ranking10 (27 October 2016[1])
Current ranking35 (18 June 2019)
BWF profile

Rajiv was born and brought up in London and is of Indian descent.


Rajiv has won the Senior National Singles title seven times in a row at the English National Badminton Championships from 2008 to 2014, the first player to do so.[4] Ouseph became the first player to win more than four consecutive national singles titles since Darren Hall (1988–1991).

In the junior English national circuit he has won all the singles titles from the ages of under-13 to under-19. In the European arena he has won the under-19 Danish titles in singles and mixed doubles and the German Junior title in singles. His other notable achievements are winning the European Junior Championship in 2005, the first Englishman to win the title in twenty years.

In 2009 he won the Canadian Open, Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse, Scottish Open, Irish Open and went on to win the 2009 European Circuit Finals.

He won his first senior cap for England at the age of nineteen in the Thomas Cup. He also represented England in the Sudirman Cup where he was the youngest player in the English team. Rajiv was selected as the number one singles player for the English team in the 2010 Thomas Cup qualifiers which was held in Poland in February 2010.

Ouseph achieved a then-career best world ranking of world No. 11 in Nov 2010[5] after winning the US Open men's singles title and winning the bronze medal in the Men's Singles Event in the 2010 European Badminton Championships. Later that year he won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in men's singles, as well as the bronze medal in the mixed team event.

In 2014 Rajiv took silver at the European Badminton Championships after losing to top seed Jan Jorgensen of Denmark in Kazan, Russia.[6]

Representing Great Britain at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the Men's Singles but he was defeated by bronze medalist Viktor Axelsen from Denmark in quarter finals.[7]


Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia   H. S. Prannoy 17–21, 25–23, 21–9   Bronze
2010 Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, India   Lee Chong Wei 10–21, 8–21   Silver

European ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Palacio de Deportes de Huelva, Huelva, Spain   Viktor Axelsen 8–21, 7–21   Silver
2017 Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark   Anders Antonsen 21–19, 21–19   Gold
2016 Vendéspace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France   Jan Ø. Jørgensen 11–21, 16–21   Bronze
2014 Gymnastics Center, Kazan, Russia   Jan Ø. Jørgensen 18–21, 10–21   Silver
2010 Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, England   Jan Ø. Jørgensen 14–21, 20–22   Bronze

European Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2005 De Maaspoort, Den Bosch, Netherlands   Dieter Domke 15–0, 15–4   Gold

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[8] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[9]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 SaarLorLux Open Super 100   Subhankar Dey 11–21, 14–21   Runner-up

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 U.S. Grand Prix   Lee Hyun-il 19–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2015 Scottish Open   Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 19–21, 21–11, 16–21   Runner-up
2010 U.S. Open   Brice Leverdez 21–17, 21–9   Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 Swedish Masters   Pablo Abián 21–15, 21–17   Winner
2013 Finnish Open   Dmytro Zavadsky 21–16, 21–12   Winner
2013 French International   Flemming Quach 21–15, 21–15   Winner
2012 Finnish Open   Henri Hurskainen 21–18, 16–21, 21–18   Winner
2011 Irish International   Przemyslaw Wacha 21–15, 11–5 Retired   Winner
2011 Scottish International   Carl Baxter 21–18, 21–10   Winner
2009 Canadian International   Carl Baxter 21–11, 21–19   Winner
2009 Le Volant d'Or de Toulouse   Kashyap Parupalli 21–11, 21–12   Winner
2008 Irish International   Scott Evans 21–5, 21–19   Winner
2008 Scottish International   Anand Pawar 21–17, 21–8   Winner
2007 Dutch International   Wu Yunyong 16–21, 16–21   Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

National titlesEdit

  • 2016 English Nationals Men's Singles Winner
  • 2014 English Nationals Men's Singles Winner
  • 2013 English Nationals Men's Singles Winner
  • 2012 English Nationals Men's Singles Winner
  • 2011 English Nationals Men's Singles Winner
  • 2010 English Nationals Men's Singles Winner
  • 2009 English Nationals Men's Singles Winner
  • 2008 English Nationals Men's Singles Winner
  • 2005 English U19 Nationals Men's Singles Winner

Personal lifeEdit

Ouseph took up badminton at the age of 9, encouraged by the rest of his family who also played badminton.[4] Although he began a degree in Media at Loughborough University, he chose to give it up in favour of his badminton career.[4]


  1. ^ "Ranking History". Badminton World Federation.
  2. ^ Delhi 2010: Team - We Are England
  3. ^ The Complete Book of the Commonwealth Games, Graham Groom, 2013, pg 181 and 197
  4. ^ a b c "Glasgow 2014 – Rajiv Ouseph Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  5. ^ tournamentsoftware.com
  6. ^ Badminton: Rajiv Ouseph takes silver at European Championships - BBC Sport
  7. ^ "Team GB stars seeded for Rio 2016 Games". Badminton England. 22 July 2016.
  8. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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