Alex Christiaan Vlaar (Bulgarian: Алекс Флаар, born 31 July 1996) is a Bulgarian badminton player. He was born in Lelystad, the Netherlands his parents also playing badminton. His father Chris Vlaar a Dutch rallye 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.
|Birth name||Alex Christiaan Vlaar|
|Born||31 July 1996|
Lelystad, the Netherlands
|Men's singles & doubles|
|Highest ranking||197 (MS 12 July 2018)|
88 (MD 19 March 2019)
62 (XD 26 March 2019)
|Current ranking||93 (MD), 66 (XD) (30 April 2019)|
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, losing singles in the first round and advancing in the boys' doubles to the third round with Dutch long time juniors partner Ruben Jille. Also in the mixed doubles he reached the third round with Dutch partner Imke van der Aar. He also participated at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China and the 2015 European Junior Badminton Championships in Lubin, Poland. 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. 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. 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 Eurasia Bulgaria Open and the 2018 Bulgarian International.
BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit
|2018||Bulgarian International||Ivan Rusev|| Jaromír Janáček
|2016||Eurasia Bulgaria International||Philip Shishov|| Pakin Kuna-Anuvit
|2019||Hellas International||Mariya Mitsova|| Miłosz Bochat
|10–21, 23–21, 21–17||Winner|
|2019||Portugal International||Mariya Mitsova|| Chang Ko-chi
|2018||Bulgarian International||Mariya Mitsova|| Ashith Surya
Pranjal Prabhu Chimulkar
|2018||Eurasia Bulgarian Open||Mariya Mitsova|| Anton Kaisti
|21–17, 17–21, 21–16||Winner|
|2017||Eurasia Bulgarian Open||Iris Tabeling|| Mathias Thyrri
|2016||Croatian International||Mariya Mitsova|| Zvonimir Durkinjak