Olympic bronze medallists and Commonwealth champions Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis will make a welcome return to the Nationals scene in Wycombe this coming August bank holiday as they seek a third national title together.
The Rio 2016 medal winners were missing in action last year - away on international duty - and relinquished their national title last year, after back to back wins in 2015-2016, as team mates Tom Wolfenden and Peter Briggs claimed a first men’s doubles crown.
Later this month (24-26 August), at Wycombe Leisure Centre, Team GB’s history makers – fresh from winning Commonwealth Games gold on the Gold Coast - will be back in the hunt to regain the title - and a scrap for one of the coveted five titles on offer is anticipated with all three of England’s leading men’s doubles pairs eyeing glory.
Langridge, already a five time national champion – four in men’s doubles and 1 mixed doubles – has always insisted the Nationals are a big part of his motivation. He won his first with Nathan Robertson in 2011 and has won titles with three further different partners since.
Both of Marcus Ellis' national titles have been won alongside Langridge but for 2018 he will also content the Mixed Doubles event alongside Lauren Smith. The Commonwealth Games silver medallists and World top 10 pair are expected to be top seeded when the seedings are announced on Friday.
Ellis and Langridge are two of 12 England programme players set to compete in Wycombe as the badminton's big guns return.