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Tokyo centre stage with a year to go.

Recent European Games champions, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, will look for another landmark win as they seek more ranking points to bolster their mission to represent GB at the Tokyo 2020 Games next summer.


Facing their Indian rivals, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, in the first round on Wednesday, the GB duo will be hoping for a similar performance to when they beat their Indian rivals to Commonwealth gold 15 months ago.


The Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallists arrive in Japan having impressed, albeit in defeat, against reigning YONEX All England champions and world number four pair Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan in Indonesia last week.


Competing at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza in Tokyo, the event is acting as an Olympic test event. The squad will get an insight into what they could be doing this time next year, with 24 August marking one year to go until the 2020 edition of the Olympic Games.


Ellis will continue to double up on the World Tour. He and Lauren Smith are now ninth in the mixed doubles world standings and will hope to improve on their quarter-final run in Indonesia last week.


Smith will partner Chloe Birch in the women’s doubles as they face third seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi on Wednesday.