Alex Vlaar

Alex Christiaan Vlaar (Bulgarian: Алекс Флаар; born 31 July 1996) is a Bulgarian badminton player.[1] He was born in Lelystad, the Netherlands his parents also playing badminton.[2] His father Chris Vlaar a Dutch rally car driver and badminton coach, his mother Emilia Dimitrova, née Emmy Vlaar, also a coach even played badminton for Bulgaria at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.[3]

Alex Vlaar
Personal information
Birth nameAlex Christiaan Vlaar
Country Bulgaria
Born (1996-07-31) 31 July 1996 (age 24)
Lelystad, the Netherlands
Men's singles & doubles
Highest ranking197 (MS 12 July 2018)
70 (MD 13 August 2019)
56 (XD 1 October 2019)
Current ranking148 (MD), 87 (XD) (17 March 2020)
BWF profile

Born in the Netherlands, Vlaar is a former young Dutch badminton player who first played for the Netherlands team. He participated for the Netherlands at the 2014 BWF World Junior Championships,[4] 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China,[5] and the 2015 European Junior Championships in Lubin, Poland.[6] Overall top 10 BWF junior ranking in all, he won several European Ranked Junior tournaments as well in singles, men doubles and mix doubles. In the Netherlands he won several national junior and open titles.[7] He plays team competition at the highest premier Dutch club level (Eredivisie), first for BV Almere and now already a few years with Velo badminton from Wateringen with whom he became Dutch team champion in 2016 & 2017.

Vlaar has a double Nationality (Dutch and Bulgarian) and he decided to now play on a Bulgarian license to develop his badminton on the highest professional international level.[2] Already in 2016 he became Bulgarian National senior champion in men's doubles with partner Philip Shishov and mixed doubles with partner Petya Nedelcheva. In 2017 he and Philip Shishov successfully defended the National men's doubles title. Alex is now selected for the National team of Bulgaria and together with Bulgarian mixed doubles partner Mariya Mitsova he already was runner-up at the 2016 Croatian International, and won the 2018 Bulgarian Open and the 2018 Bulgarian International.


BWF International Challenge/Series (4 titles, 4 runners-up)Edit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Bulgarian International   Ivan Rusev   Jaromír Janáček
  Tomáš Švejda
19–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2016 Bulgaria International   Philip Shishov   Pakin Kuna-Anuvit
  Natthapat Trinkajee
19–21, 19–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Hellas International   Mariya Mitsova   Miłosz Bochat
  Magdalena Świerczyńska
10–21, 23–21, 21–17   Winner
2019 Portugal International   Mariya Mitsova   Chang Ko-chi
  Lee Chih-chen
12–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2018 Bulgarian International   Mariya Mitsova   Ashith Surya
  Pranjal Prabhu Chimulkar
21–15, 21–10   Winner
2018 Bulgarian Open   Mariya Mitsova   Anton Kaisti
  Inalotta Suutarinen
21–17, 17–21, 21–16   Winner
2017 Bulgarian Open   Iris Tabeling   Mathias Thyrri
  Emilie Aalestrup
23–21, 21–15   Winner
2016 Croatian International   Mariya Mitsova   Zvonimir Durkinjak
  Mateja Čiča
18–21, 11–21   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament


  1. ^ "Players: Alex Vlaar". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Alex Vlaar: My second home". Badminton Europe. 24 April 2020. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Две титли за България на бадминтон". (in Bulgarian). 17 August 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Bondscoach Massing maakt WJK-selectie bekend". (in Dutch). 18 February 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  5. ^ Kneefel, Robbie. "Verslag eerste dag Jeugd Olympische Spelen". (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Nederlands Jeugdteam zoals verwacht naar kwartfinale op EJK U19". (in Dutch). Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-12-08. Retrieved 2018-12-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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