More juniors to start the third month of the year, this time English only for the inaugural English Junior Champs in Surrey, Emily Whitlock taking her umpteenth National title, Declan James leaving Boys U19 top seed Nathan Lake empty-handed, for now.
Meanwhile the ‘grown-ups’ were off to Chennai for the first WSF World Cup of the decade, where it wasn’t too much of a surprise that a strong Egyptian team beat England in the final.
At the same time as the World Cup, we were at the All England Badminton in Birmingham, which is always a spectacle to behold.
The first big combined WISPA and PSA event of the year was the KL Open, where Nicol David made it eight finals and three titles in a row, and Karim Darwish picked up a second trophy in quick succession.
Back on the domestic scene the ever-popular Canary Wharf Classic, which has one of the best squash venues of all, also had a new winner as Nick Matthew retained his title and strengthened his grip on the world number one spot.
James Willstrop becomes PSA President, Liz Irving joins the Australian Hall of Fame, and Alison Waters has a train named after her, although that was one of very few highlights for the Englishwoman who would continue to be plagued by injury.