Robert Blair (badminton)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Robert Blair
Badminton-robert blair.jpg
Personal information
Country  Scotland
Born (1981-08-07) 7 August 1981 (age 32)
Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in
Handedness Right
Mixed & Men's doubles
Highest ranking 6 (in XD)
4 (in MD)
Current ranking 34 (in XD)
70 (in MD) (March 2011[1])
BWF profile

Robert Blair (born 7 August 1981 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish badminton player.

Blair was born in Scotland, but after attending Loughborough University in Leicestershire, he competed for England from 2001 until 2010, except at the Olympic Games, where Scotland and England are both parts of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team. His main motivation for changing nation was the prospect of medals at the Commonwealth Games.

On 16 December 2010 Badminton England and Badminton Scotland announced that Blair would be returning to Scotland.[2][3] The reason(s) for Blair's return to Scotland remain unclear, but reports suggest a falling-out with members of the Badminton England setup was central to the decision.[4][5][6]

Career[edit]

Blair competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in mixed doubles with partner Natalie Munt. They defeated Tadashi Ohtsuka and Shizuka Yamamoto of Japan in the first round but lost to Nova Widianto and Vita Marissa of Indonesia in the round of 16.

Blair reached the men's doubles final at the 2006 IBF World Championships together with Anthony Clark, losing the final against Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun.

Record Against Selected Opponents[edit]

Mixed Doubles results with Gabrielle White against Super Series finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists.[7]

References[edit]

External links[edit]