Marcus Ellis (born 14 September 1989) is a British badminton player. He was the men's doubles champion in the 2016 English National Badminton Championships. 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.
|Born||14 September 1989|
|Residence||St Albans, England|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|Men's & mixed doubles|
|Highest ranking||14 (MD 23 February 2017)|
7 (XD 21 June 2018)
|Current ranking||22 (MD), 9 (XD) (17 March 2020)|
Marcus Ellis, the youngest son of Sheila and John Ellis, was born on 14 September 1989 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. 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.
Ellis was first educated at Clough Head Junior School in Huddersfield, before attending Colne Valley High School, a state comprehensive school in the village of Linthwaite. He attended high school with Alex Smithies, now the goalkeeper for Huddersfield Town Football Club. 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.
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. He won the men's doubles at the Denmark International in 2013 with Paul van Rietvelde.
In September 2014, he teamed up with Chris Langridge. They won their first men's doubles title in December 2014 in the Italian Open, 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. They were defeated in the 2016 European Championships in La Roche-sur-Yon in the semi-finals to gain a bronze. They have also won medals in the European Team Championships – a silver in the Mixed Team in 2015, and a bronze medal in the Men's Team in 2016.
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.
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; a silver in the mixed doubles with Lauren Smith; and also a bronze in the mixed team event. 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.
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. 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. 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.
|2016||Riocentro - Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Chris Langridge|| Chai Biao
|21–18, 19–21, 21–10||Bronze|
|2018||Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia||Chris Langridge|| Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
|2018||Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia||Lauren Smith|| Chris Adcock
|21–19, 17–21, 16–21||Silver|
|2019||Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus||Chris Langridge|| Kim Astrup
Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
|2019||Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus||Lauren Smith|| Chris Adcock
|2016||Vendéspace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France||Chris Langridge|| Mads Conrad-Petersen
Mads Pieler Kolding
|2018||Palacio de Deportes de Huelva, Huelva, Spain||Lauren Smith|| Mathias Christiansen
|16–21, 21–19, 12–21||Bronze|
BWF World Tour (9 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, 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.
|2020||Denmark Open||Super 750||Chris Langridge|| Vladimir Ivanov
|20–22, 21–17, 21–18||Winner|
|2018||Scottish Open||Super 100||Chris Langridge|| David Daugaard
|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|
|2020||Thailand Masters||Super 300||Lauren Smith|| Hafiz Faizal
Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja
|21–16, 13–21, 21–16||Winner|
|2019||Syed Modi International||Super 300||Lauren Smith|| Rodion Alimov
|2018||Scottish Open||Super 100||Lauren Smith|| Jacco Arends
|2018||SaarLorLux Open||Super 100||Lauren Smith|| Lu Kai
|19–21, 21–18, 21–10||Winner|
|2018||Dutch Open||Super 100||Lauren Smith|| Thom Gicquel
|2018||Spain Masters||Super 300||Lauren Smith|| Niclas Nøhr
|2018||Canada Open||Super 100||Lauren Smith|| Mark Lamsfuß
|2018||Swiss Open||Super 300||Lauren Smith|| Mark Lamsfuß
BWF Grand Prix (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|2017||Dutch Open||Lauren Smith|| Jacco Arends
|2012||Dutch Open||Gabrielle White|| Mads Pieler Kolding
Kamilla Rytter Juhl
BWF International Challenge/Series (16 titles, 14 runners-up)Edit
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