HE MAY have won Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow last summer but Nottingham badminton ace Chris Adcock insists he is not feeling the pressure ahead of next month’s prestigious YONEX All England Championships.
Fresh from winning his fifth national title alongside wife Gabby at the National Championships in Crawley earlier this month; Adcock will head to Birmingham ranked No.6 in the world.
The YONEX All England Championships - the first BWF Superseries Premier event of 2015, and one of the major’s of the sport – will give Adcock a timely opportunity to put down a sizeable marker against the world’s best doubles players.
And after experiencing a memorable 12 months in 2014; the 25-year-old is a man on a mission, desperate to carry on his newfound form, fitness and confidence in Birmingham in front of 35,000 spectators across the week.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure for the All England,” said Adcock. “We’re top six in the world so we’re not going in as number one favourites to win.
“We know that if we play well enough that we are definitely in with a good chance.
“But there are so many good pairs within the top ten and even outside the top ten as well that we are just focused on reaching our seeding.
“We want to make it to the quarters and then from there anything can happen.
“With home crowd energy we know that can help us but we’ll have to play some world class pairs but we believe that we can achieve good things
“Hopefully All England will be one of those times where we do that but whether it’s this year or next year or the year after who knows.
“We are still young and know there is plenty of time but we are ambitious and we want to achieve it soon.”
Chris and Gabby have fast become the poster couple of badminton; the instantly recognizable faces of the sport.
Their performances on court have made them a star attraction for spectators and the media alike but Adcock is convinced the increased attention is nothing new these days and doesn’t distract him from his job.
“We don’t think about any of the attention we might get to be honest,” he added. “It’s great if we can help our sport grow.
“It’s good for us as well but yes we have to deal with the media at times but we are well-versed now and we enjoy the bit that we do.
“We have our main focus on the court though because we know that if we aren’t successful on court then that interest is going to drop away.
“That’s something that comes with being reasonably successful in your sport and if we can keep being more and more successful that will come and it will be good for the sport and help it to grow.”
Tickets for the YONEX All England 2015 at the stunning new Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham are available at allenglandbadminton.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 444 9994.