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BLAIR Robert/Anthony Clark

Discussion in 'Professional Players' started by seawell, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. seawell

    seawell Regular Member

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    Robert Blair (born 7 August 1981) is a male badminton player from Great Britain.

    2006 WC MD RUNNER-UP!:D

    My personal details

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    Date of Birth: 7 August 1981
    Place of Birth: Edinburgh
    Living: Milton Keynes
    Right/Left hand: Right
    Height: 6ft 1in
    Racket: Yonex, Armortec 700
    Sponsors: Yonex, Rapid Repairs
    Highest world ranking: 6 Mixed Doubles, 14 Mens Doubles
    Highest national ranking: 2 Mixed Doubles, 1 Mens Doubles


    About me on court

    Event(s): Mens and Mixed Doubles
    Partner(s): Natalie Munt & Anthony Clark
    Coach(es): Julian Robertson
    County/Team: Buckinghamshire
    Started badminton at age: 8
    How I got started: My mum coached badminton
    Ambition as badminton player: Olympic medal
    First represented England: -v- Nigeria in the 2002 Commonwealth Games
    Season’s best performance: Semi-final Hong Kong 2005. Greece Open 2005 winner
    Best performance of career: World championship men's doubles runner-up in Madrid 2006 with Anthony Clark. Indonesia Open Finalist Mixed 2004
    Major national achievements: English Nationals Final Mixed & Mens Doubles 2005
    Major international achievements: Bulgarian Open 2001, Scottish Open 2001/02, Irish Open 2001/02, Austrian Open 2002, Portuguese Open Mens Doubles 2004, Greece Open 2005 Mens Doubles Member of silver-medal winning team at 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and won men's doubles bronze with Anthony Clark.
    Biggest disappointment: Losing to Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng (China), All England 2005
    Favourite tournament: ALL ENGLAND
    Toughest opponent: Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng, China
    Best friend on the circuit: Nathan Rice
    The one change I would make to improve my sport: More money and more TV coverage. Cheerleaders would be nice!

    About me off court

    My occupation/ professional qualification: Badminton Player
    Significant others: None
    My hobbies/ pets: Golf
    My car: Clio
    Most embarrassing happening: Wearing shorts back to front in English Nationals semi-final 2003
    Favourite food: Chinese – aromatic duck
    Favourite city or country: Singapore
    Favourite holiday destination: Spain
    Superstition: None
    If not badminton, then I would be Anything not in an office!
    My personality in a nutshell: Laidback, quiet

    http://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/show_player.asp?itemID=9
     

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  2. seawell

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    Anthony Clark and DonnaKellogg!

    My personal details

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    Date of Birth: 1st November 1977
    Place of Birth: Derby
    Living: Leicestershire
    Right/Left hand: Left
    Height: 5ft 8in
    Racket: Carlton
    Sponsors: Carlton, Hi Tec,
    Highest world ranking: 6
    Highest national ranking: 1

    About me on court
    Event(s): Mens Doubles, Mixed Doubles
    Partner(s): Robert Blair / Donna Kellogg
    Coach(es): Julian Robertson / Peter Jeffrey County/Team: Nottinghamshire
    Started badminton at age: 12
    How I got started: Dad was a very good player
    Ambition as badminton player: To be as good as Rexy
    First represented England: 1998. 49 England caps
    Season’s best performance: World championship runner-up in men's doubles with Robert Blair and runner-up in mixed with Donna Kellogg. Final of German Open 2006, S/F of Swiss 2006, S/F of Hong Kong 2005.
    Best performance of career: Beating Sigit and Wijaya 15-9, 15-2 and beating Gao Ling and Zang Jun in China.
    National results: Three times National champion with Nathan Robertson up to 2004; 2005 champion with Simon Archer
    Major national achievements: National Junior Champion and Senior National Champion (x4)
    Major international achievements: 2x European silver medal (with Nathan Robertson), 2 Commonwealth bronze medals. Member of silver-medal winning 2006 Commonwealth Games team, another bronze in men's doubles with Robert Blair.

    Biggest disappointment: Not winning golds at the Commonwealth Games individuals
    Favourite tournament: Commonwealth Games European Championships
    Toughest opponent: Jens Eriksen
    Best friend on the circuit: Peter Jeffrey (cause he says so!)
    The one change I would make to improve my sport: To have a separate tour for men and women (as in tennis)

    About me off court
    My occupation/ professional qualification: Badminton player
    When not playing: I spend time at home with my wife Emma, daughter Mia (4) and Rowan (2 1/2).
    My car: Rover streetwise and Ford Mondeo
    Favourite city or country: England
    Favourite holiday destination: Anywhere as long as it is hot
    Superstition: Don’t have any
    If not badminton, then I would be a cricketer (once knocked Andrew Flintoff’s middle stump out of the ground)
    In 10 years time: I'd like to still be involved in badminton. We need to see better younger players coming through
     

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  3. **KZ**

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    Rob is quite young...hope he can achieve more in badminton....and he had hair...
     
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    Yeah i agree.. he is a nice chap. Both plays well actually. But lacks in maturity in the game compare to the others.
     
  5. Baderz_Jas

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    thanks seawell :) yeah Robert is young :D did he shave his hair :rolleyes: :D
    nice to hear that his favourite food is Chinese :D lol :D
     
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    Eriksen said that his best friend on the circuit is Anthny Clark, but Clark says he's the toughest opponent. Weird. Anyway, I think that it was just luck that they got a medal in the WC2006.They didn't have many tough opponents, just the Indonesians and the former world champs. Paaske and Rasmussen haven't played together for a long time then.
     
  7. Baderz_Jas

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    maybe because it's harder to play against your friends :rolleyes: :D just what I think :D
     

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