Avon’s Chris Coles believes he and recently retired partner Andy Ellis can cause an upset and win the men’s doubles title at the English National Badminton Championships this weekend in Derby.
Of the five events on show at the University of Derby, the men’s doubles draw looks to be the most intriguing with a host of pairs likely to harbour hopes of becoming national champions.
And Coles and Ellis, who have only ever competed as a pair for Team Derby in the AJ Bell National Badminton League (NBL) and as a one-off entry at the 2013 London Grand Prix, are very much in the mix alongside other established pairs.
Coles and Ellis are seeded to make the semi finals, where they are likely to face top seeds Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis. However both are confident they can spring a surprise and go one step further in Derby.
Coles said: “I share Andy’s confidence that we can potentially win it. We know our best game is very good.
“If we catch the top seeds on an off day then we can certainly beat them and even if they play well, we can still compete with them. Hopefully we can cause an upset on the way.”
Coles now plays on the international circuit with Scottish rising star Adam Hall, with the pair winning the Iceland International title at the weekend, but simply couldn’t turn down the opportunity to play with double national champion Ellis after they impressed as a pair for Team Derby in the AJ Bell NBL.
“Any chance to play with Andy is a relishing prospect” said Coles. “Andy has helped me a lot in my career at Milton Keynes and it is another chance to get more experience.
“Hopefully I can feed off his experience and his know how at the nationals.
“I am also playing mixed with Sophie Brown. We played together the season before last and won some tournaments together so I am relishing the chance to play with Sophie again.”
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