Chris and Gabby Adcock will begin their bid for a fourth English National Championships title against unseeded opposition in Derby this week.
The Championships, held from 5-7 February, will see all of England’s top stars in attendance at the £10 million University of Derby Sports Centre.
The top-seeded Adcocks will play either Michael Roe and Nicola Gresty, of Cheshire and Gloucestershire respectively, or Hampshire pair Adam Rickenbach and Laura Woodward as county players aim to make their mark on the big stage.
“Everyone’s expecting us to win the nationals, so there will definitely be pressure, but we’re so experienced now if we play well, it’ll be okay,” Gabby said. “We’re quite chilled about it. It’ll be exciting to play.”
Chris added: “If we just play like we’ve trained everyday then we should be okay. Obviously a strength of ours is to kind of stamp our authority early on, so hopefully we can do that in Derby as well.”
The Adcocks are seeded to meet Matthew Nottingham and Emily Westwood in Sunday’s final.
Rajiv Ouseph, who moved a step closer to Darren Hall's all-time record of 10 national singles titles with his seventh success in 2014, is back as top seed after missing last year's Championships.
The Middlesex star will open his campaign against Dorset’s Patrick Adair while Surrey’s Toby Penty, the number two seed, is pitted against Shravan Vaidyanath, of Oxfordshire.
Fontaine Chapman, runner-up to Nicola Cerfontyne last year, begins her quest for the coveted national title next Friday against Rosemary Allen, of Essex.
Avon’s Kirby Ngan, the 18-year-old who will make her senior international debut at the European Men’s and Women’s championships later this month, is entered into both the women’s singles and doubles.
Seeded in the singles, Ngan will start her bid against Sophie Males, of Dorset.
Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge head the entries in the men's doubles, while Heather Olver and Lauren Smith - aiming for her fourth back-to-back national title - are top seeds in the women's doubles.
Both pairs have been afforded byes into the second round.
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