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Marcus Ellis (born 14 September 1989) is a British badminton player.[1] He was the men's doubles champion in the 2016 English National Badminton Championships.[2] Ellis and Chris Langridge won a bronze medal in the men's doubles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, also gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. At the 2019 Minsk European Games, Ellis captured two gold medals; in the men's doubles with Langridge and in the mixed doubles event with Lauren Smith.

Marcus Ellis
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Personal information
Country England
Born (1989-09-14) 14 September 1989 (age 29)
Huddersfield, England
ResidenceSt Albans, England
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachPete Jeffrey
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking14 (MD 23 February 2017)
7 (XD 21 June 2018)
Current ranking22 (MD), 11 (XD) (25 June 2019)
BWF profile

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Personal lifeEdit

Marcus Ellis, the youngest son of Sheila and John Ellis, was born on 14 September 1989 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.[3] He has an elder brother James. Ellis started playing badminton aged seven when his father took him to the Colne Valley Leisure Centre in Slaithwaite.[4]

Ellis was first educated at Clough Head Junior School in Hudderfield, before attending Colne Valley High School, a state comprehensive school in the village of Linthwaite.[5] He attended high school with Alex Smithies, now the goalkeeper for Huddersfield Town Football Club.[1] He then studied for 6 months at Huddersfield New College before deciding to move away from Huddersfield at the age of 17 so he may train at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.[4]

Ellis lived in St Albans.[6]

CareerEdit

In the early years of his professional career, Ellis teamed up with a number of players in the doubles, such as Tom Wolfenden and Peter Mills in the men's doubles, and Gabby Adcock and Mariana Agathangelou in the mixed.[7] He won the men's doubles at the Denmark International in 2013 with Paul van Rietvelde.[8]

In September 2014, he teamed up with Chris Langridge. They won their first men's doubles title in December 2014 in the Italian Open,[9] and their first title in the English National Badminton Championships in February 2015, which they won again in 2016. They also won the Welsh International in 2015.[10] They were defeated in the 2016 European Championships in La Roche-sur-Yon in the semi-finals to gain a bronze.[11] They have also won medals in the European Team Championships – a silver in the Mixed Team in 2015,[12] and a bronze medal in the Men's Team in 2016.[13]

During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Ellis and Langridge were ranked No. 22 in the world, but they managed to win a bronze, the first medal in badminton men's doubles won by a British team at the Olympics.[14]

In 2017, he won his first Grand Prix tournament title at the Dutch Open in the mixed doubles event with Lauren Smith.[15]

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games held on the Gold Coast, Australia, Ellis captured three medals – he won a gold in the men's doubles with Chris Langridge, which is England's first men's badminton double title at the Games in 40 years;[16] a silver in the mixed doubles with Lauren Smith; and also a bronze in the mixed team event.[17][18][19] At the 2018 European Championships held in Huelva, Spain, he finished in the semi final, and settled for a bronze medal in the mixed doubles event with Smith after lose a match to Danish pair Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen in the rubber games.[20]

Ellis qualified to represent Great Britain at the 2019 European Games, played in the men's doubles with Chris Langridge and in the mixed doubles with Lauren Smith. Competed as the second seeds in the men's and mixed doubles event, he reached the finals in both events.[21] In the men's doubles, Ellis and Langridge managed to claim the gold medal after beat the top seeds from Denmark Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in straight games 21–17, 21–10.[22] He secured his second gold in the mixed doubles with Smith after beat their teammates the top seeds Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock with the score 21–14, 21–9.[23]

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Chris Langridge   Chai Biao
  Hong Wei
21–18, 19–21, 21–10   Bronze

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia   Chris Langridge   Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
  Chirag Shetty
21–13, 21–16   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia   Lauren Smith   Chris Adcock
  Gabrielle Adcock
21–19, 17–21, 16–21   Silver

European GamesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus   Chris Langridge   Kim Astrup
  Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
21–17, 21–10   Gold

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus   Lauren Smith   Chris Adcock
  Gabrielle Adcock
21–14, 21–9   Gold

European ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Vendéspace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France   Chris Langridge   Mads Conrad-Petersen
  Mads Pieler Kolding
19–21, 14–21   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Palacio de Deportes de Huelva, Huelva, Spain   Lauren Smith   Mathias Christiansen
  Christinna Pedersen
16–21, 21–19, 12–21   Bronze

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[24] 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.[25]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Scottish Open Super 100   Chris Langridge   David Daugaard
  Frederik Søgaard
23–21, 21–16   Winner
2018 SaarLorLux Open Super 100   Chris Langridge   Aaron Chia
  Soh Wooi Yik
21–23, 21–18, 21–19   Winner
2018 Canada Open Super 100   Chris Langridge   Mark Lamsfuß
  Marvin Emil Seidel
19–21, 21–18, 22–20   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Scottish Open Super 100   Lauren Smith   Jacco Arends
  Selena Piek
13–6 Retired   Winner
2018 SaarLorLux Open Super 100   Lauren Smith   Lu Kai
  Chen Lu
19–21, 21–18, 21–10   Winner
2018 Dutch Open Super 100   Lauren Smith   Thom Gicquel
  Delphine Delrue
21–15, 21–15   Winner
2018 Spain Masters Super 300   Lauren Smith   Niclas Nøhr
  Sara Thygesen
19–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2018 Canada Open Super 100   Lauren Smith   Mark Lamsfuß
  Isabel Herttrich
21–13, 21–4   Winner
2018 Swiss Open Super 300   Lauren Smith   Mark Lamsfuß
  Isabel Herttrich
20–22, 19–21   Runner-up

BWF Grand PrixEdit

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

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Dutch Open   Lauren Smith   Jacco Arends
  Selena Piek
21–17, 21–18   Winner
2012 Dutch Open   Gabrielle White   Mads Pieler Kolding
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
15–21, 13–21   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Azerbaijan International   Chris Langridge   Mark Lamsfuß
  Marvin Emil Seidel
17–21, 21–23   Runner-up
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International   Chris Langridge   Lu Chia-hung
  Lu Chia-pin
21–14, 21–17   Winner
2016 Austrian Open   Chris Langridge   Kenya Mitsuhashi
  Yuta Watanabe
21–14, 21–16   Winner
2015 Welsh International   Chris Langridge   Adam Cwalina
  Przemysław Wacha
21–16, 16–21, 21–16   Winner
2015 White Nights   Chris Langridge   Koo Kien Keat
  Tan Boon Heong
10–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2014 Italian International   Chris Langridge   Michael Fuchs
  Johannes Schoettler
21–11, 21–19   Winner
2013 Italian International   Paul van Rietvelde   Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
  Kim Astrup Sorensen
25–23, 16–21, 21–19   Winner
2012 Welsh International   Paul van Rietvelde   Peter Briggs
  Harley Towler
16–21, 21–9, 21–16   Winner
2012 Belgian International   Paul van Rietvelde   Adam Cwalina
  Koen Ridder
18–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2012 Portugal International   Paul van Rietvelde   Zvonimir Durkinjak
  Nikolaj Overgaard
12–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2011 Irish International   Peter Mills   Adam Cwalina
  Michal Logosz
15–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2011 Scottish International   Peter Mills   Vladimir Ivanov
  Ivan Sozonov
19–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2010 Scottish International   Peter Mills   Chris Adcock
  Andrew Ellis
21–19, 11–21, 21–15   Winner
2010 Norwegian International   Peter Mills   Ingo Kindervater
  Johannes Schöttler
17–21, 21–23   Runner-up
2010 Bulgarian International   Peter Mills   Martin Campbell
  Angus Gilmour
21–14, 21–10   Winner
2010 Czech International   Peter Mills   Chris Langridge
  Robin Middleton
9–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2009 Irish International   Peter Mills   Mads Conrad-Petersen
  Mads Pieler Kolding
18–21, 11–21   Runner-up
2009 Belgian International   Peter Mills   Ruud Bosch
  Koen Ridder
28–30, 12–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Italian International   Lauren Smith   Ben Lane
  Jessica Pugh
21–16, 19–21, 4–21   Runner-up
2013 French International   Alyssa Lim   Robert Blair
  Imogen Bankier
17–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2012 Welsh International   Gabrielle White   Chris Langridge
  Heather Olver
22–20, 21–16   Winner
2012 Scottish International   Gabrielle White   Ruud Bosch
  Selena Piek
21–16, 21–16   Winner
2012 Czech International   Gabrielle White   Chris Langridge
  Heather Olver
20–22, 7–6 Retired   Runner-up
2012 Belgian International   Gabrielle White   Chris Langridge
  Heather Olver
9–21, 21–10, 21–17   Winner
2012 Spanish Open   Gabrielle White   Ronan Labar
  Emilie Lefel
21–9, 21–13   Winner
2012 Portugal International   Gabrielle White   Zvonimir Durkinjak
  Stasa Poznanovic
21–17, 15–21, 24–22   Winner
2011 Irish International   Heather Olver   Dave Khodabux
  Selena Piek
21–19, 21–17   Winner
2009 Belgian International   Heather Olver   Wouter Claes
  Nathalie Descamps
21–9, 25–23   Winner
2009 Norwegian International   Heather Olver   Robin Middleton
  Mariana Agathangelou
21–19, 21–17   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

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