Triple Commonwealth Games medallist Chris Langridge insists the future looks bright for he and men’s doubles partner Marcus Ellis after they claimed their first tournament title win together at the Italian International in Rome.
Langridge climbed the podium three times at Glasgow 2014, winning team and mixed doubles silver as well as men’s doubles bronze alongside Peter Mills.
And while the 29-year-old took on a new partner in the form of Ellis this September, the successes have continued to flow in 2014.
Fresh from reaching the quarter-finals of the Macau Open last month, the unseeded duo first defeated Poland’s second seeds Lukasz Moren and Wojciech Szkudlarczyk in the quarter-finals in Rome.
They then made it to the final where they saw off the tournament’s top seeds Michael Fuchs and Johannes Schoettler of Germany 21-11, 21-19 in 40 minutes.
It maintained their run of not dropping a game in the Italian capital, leaving Langridge happy with the way their partnership was developing.
"We both played really well the whole tournament and the scores showed it,” said Langridge.
"What topped it off was to beat a pair that had recently beaten the world number one and world number three pair.
"We are getting a good understanding of each other and really starting to play as a pair which is key. Bring on Santa.”
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