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An insight: Andy Ellis
BADMINTON England caught up with GB player Andy Ellis, following the busy summer of tournaments, moving house as well as a new housemate!
Following my previous blog, it has been an extremely busy period for me, with back to back tournaments across the world.
We started at home with the London Grand Prix, in partnership with adidas, in October, which was a great success at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
I played with Lauren Smith in the mixed doubles, but we lost to our England teammates Chris Langridge and Heather Olver in the last 16- 21-19, 21-17.
I thought we could have won the match if we would have had more training together. They picked on our weaknesses towards the end but they did well so credit to them.
For the men’s doubles, I played with a younger partner, Chris Coles, as Chris Adcock, my regular partner, was on his honeymoon following his marriage to Gabby (White).
I personally never had this experience when I was younger so I got asked and was quite keen to do it. Chris said it also was a great benefit to him as he was playing with a more experienced player and learnt a lot throughout the week. I think it is important that we give something back to the programme.
Having had a packed schedule of tournaments, I have been away in countries including Denmark, China and Hong Kong. It was quite a mixed bag of results really- going forward, it is important for us to focus on our strengths.
Sometimes I think we try to outplay people rather than just play and beat them at our game. Lessons have been learnt though and we know if we play well we can beat anyone. I am always optimistic but it depends on what we bring on the day.
We reached the quarter-finals in China where we lost to the world number four pair from Japan, Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa.
In Hong Kong, we then beat two very strong Indonesian pairings including Gideon Markus Fernaldi and Markis Kido to reach the semi-finals. It was not to be though as we missed out on a place in the final after losing to Korea’s world number six duo Kim Ki Jung and Kim Sa Rang.
It was my girlfriend Sarah’s (Walker) birthday when I was away in Asia so it was a shame I missed that but that is what comes with being an athlete. You have to make sacrifices which will hopefully all be worth it in the end and as she is also a badminton player, she understands.
Now we are back in England and into training again. I had a great surprise when I returned from Asia though- Sarah surprised me with a dog! I had absolutely no idea! He's a black and white cocker spaniel called Dexter and is eight weeks old. I am sure he will keep me busy when I am not in training!
We are in our new house now too and it is all going really well- I am still getting used to paying bills though!
It is now the first chance I’ve had to even think about Christmas- I normally go to see my family and friends up in Leeds so I am looking forward to that.
We don’t have much time off though as it is straight back on a plane in January as we head off to Korea and Malaysia for the next tournaments!
Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!