Marcus Ellis
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Personal information
CountryEngland
Born (1989-09-14) 14 September 1989 (age 32)
Huddersfield, England
ResidenceSt Albans, England
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachPeter Jeffrey
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking11 (MD with Chris Langridge 4 May 2021)
7 (XD with Lauren Smith 21 June 2018)
Current ranking16 (MD with Chris Langridge)
11 (XD with Lauren Smith) (21 June 2022)
BWF profile

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.

Personal life

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 Huddersfield, 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]

Career

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 Gabby Adcock with the score 21–14, 21–9.[23]

Ellis opened the 2020 season by achieved his biggest triumph as in just his second tournament of the season, he won his first Super 300 event in Thailand Masters partnered with Lauren Smith.[24] He and Smith then reached in to the quarter finals of Spain Masters and semi finals of All England Open. In October, Ellis and Chris Langridge won the men's doubles title at the 2020 Denmark Open, became the first English men's doubles pair in 45 years to win the Denmark Open.[25]

Ellis competed at the 2021 European Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine, and won a silver medal in the mixed doubles with Smith and a bronze in the men's doubles with Langridge.[26] In July, he and Smith played at the 2020 Summer Olympics, but was eliminated in the quarter-finals.[27]

Achievements

Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith at the German Open 2022
Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith at the German Open 2022

Olympic Games

Men's doubles

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

Commonwealth Games

Men's doubles

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

Mixed doubles

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

European Games

Men's doubles

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

Mixed doubles

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

European Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Vendéspace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France England Chris Langridge Denmark Mads Conrad-Petersen
Denmark Mads Pieler Kolding
19–21, 14–21
Bronze
Bronze
2021 Palace of Sports, Kyiv, Ukraine England Chris Langridge Russia Vladimir Ivanov
Russia Ivan Sozonov
15–21, 10–21
Bronze
Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín, Huelva, Spain England Lauren Smith Denmark Mathias Christiansen
Denmark Christinna Pedersen
16–21, 21–19, 12–21
Bronze
Bronze
2021 Palace of Sports, Kyiv, Ukraine England Lauren Smith Russia Rodion Alimov
Russia Alina Davletova
21–11, 16–21, 15–21
Silver
Silver

BWF World Tour (9 titles, 3 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[28] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[29]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Canada Open Super 100 England Chris Langridge Germany Mark Lamsfuß
Germany Marvin Seidel
19–21, 21–18, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 SaarLorLux Open Super 100 England Chris Langridge Malaysia Aaron Chia
Malaysia Soh Wooi Yik
21–23, 21–18, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Scottish Open Super 100 England Chris Langridge Denmark David Daugaard
Denmark Frederik Søgaard
23–21, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2020 Denmark Open Super 750 England Chris Langridge Russia Vladimir Ivanov
Russia Ivan Sozonov
20–22, 21–17, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Swiss Open Super 300 England Lauren Smith Germany Mark Lamsfuß
Germany Isabel Herttrich
20–22, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Canada Open Super 100 England Lauren Smith Germany Mark Lamsfuß
Germany Isabel Herttrich
21–13, 21–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Spain Masters Super 300 England Lauren Smith Denmark Niclas Nøhr
Denmark Sara Thygesen
19–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Dutch Open Super 100 England Lauren Smith France Thom Gicquel
France Delphine Delrue
21–15, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 SaarLorLux Open Super 100 England Lauren Smith China Lu Kai
China Chen Lu
19–21, 21–18, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Scottish Open Super 100 England Lauren Smith Netherlands Jacco Arends
Netherlands Selena Piek
13–6 retired 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Syed Modi International Super 300 England Lauren Smith Russia Rodion Alimov
Russia Alina Davletova
18–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 Thailand Masters Super 300 England Lauren Smith Indonesia Hafiz Faizal
Indonesia Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja
21–16, 13–21, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

BWF Grand Prix (1 title, 1 runner-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Dutch Open England Gabrielle White Denmark Mads Pieler Kolding
Denmark Kamilla Rytter Juhl
15–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Dutch Open England Lauren Smith Netherlands Jacco Arends
Netherlands Selena Piek
21–17, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (16 titles, 14 runners-up)

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Belgian International England Peter Mills Netherlands Ruud Bosch
Netherlands Koen Ridder
28–30, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2009 Irish International England Peter Mills Denmark Mads Conrad-Petersen
Denmark Mads Pieler Kolding
18–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Czech International England Peter Mills England Chris Langridge
England Robin Middleton
9–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Bulgarian International England Peter Mills Scotland Martin Campbell
Scotland Angus Gilmour
21–14, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Norwegian International England Peter Mills Germany Ingo Kindervater
Germany Johannes Schöttler
17–21, 21–23 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Scottish International England Peter Mills England Chris Adcock
England Andrew Ellis
21–19, 11–21, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Scottish International England Peter Mills Russia Vladimir Ivanov
Russia Ivan Sozonov
19–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Irish International England Peter Mills Poland Adam Cwalina
Poland Michał Łogosz
15–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Portugal International Scotland Paul van Rietvelde Croatia Zvonimir Đurkinjak
Denmark Nikolaj Overgaard
12–21, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Belgian International Scotland Paul van Rietvelde Poland Adam Cwalina
Netherlands Koen Ridder
18–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Welsh International Scotland Paul van Rietvelde England Peter Briggs
England Harley Towler
16–21, 21–9, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Italian International Scotland Paul van Rietvelde Denmark Kim Astrup
Denmark Anders Skaarup Rasmussen
25–23, 16–21, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Italian International England Chris Langridge Germany Michael Fuchs
Germany Johannes Schöttler
21–11, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 White Nights England Chris Langridge Malaysia Koo Kien Keat
Malaysia Tan Boon Heong
10–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Welsh International England Chris Langridge Poland Adam Cwalina
Poland Przemysław Wacha
21–16, 16–21, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Austrian Open England Chris Langridge Japan Kenya Mitsuhashi
Japan Yuta Watanabe
21–14, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International England Chris Langridge Chinese Taipei Lu Chia-hung
Chinese Taipei Lu Chia-pin
21–14, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Azerbaijan International England Chris Langridge Germany Mark Lamsfuß
Germany Marvin Seidel
17–21, 21–23 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Kharkiv International England Chris Langridge England Ben Lane
England Sean Vendy
19–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Norwegian International England Heather Olver England Robin Middleton
England Mariana Agathangelou
21–19, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Belgian International England Heather Olver Belgium Wouter Claes
Belgium Nathalie Descamps
21–9, 25–23 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Irish International England Heather Olver Netherlands Dave Khodabux
Netherlands Selena Piek
21–19, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Portugal International England Gabrielle White Croatia Zvonimir Đurkinjak
Croatia Staša Poznanović
21–17, 15–21, 24–22 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Spanish Open England Gabrielle White France Ronan Labar
France Émilie Lefel
21–9, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Belgian International England Gabrielle White England Chris Langridge
England Heather Olver
9–21, 21–10, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Czech International England Gabrielle White England Chris Langridge
England Heather Olver
20–22, 7–6 retired 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Scottish International England Gabrielle White Netherlands Ruud Bosch
Netherlands Selena Piek
21–16, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Welsh International England Gabrielle White England Chris Langridge
England Heather Olver
22–20, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 French International England Alyssa Lim Scotland Robert Blair
Scotland Imogen Bankier
17–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Italian International England Lauren Smith England Ben Lane
England Jessica Pugh
21–16, 19–21, 4–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

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