Badminton’s elite will be jockeying for position as a final warm up act for next week’s YONEX All England Championships, the first Superseries event of the year, when the German Open takes place.
England’s top players have travelled in numbers for the Grand Prix event at Mulheim an der Ruhr, which starts on Tuesday.
Second seeds Chris and Gabby Adcock will start their 2016 campaign on the world circuit with a tricky opener against local German pair Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels.
Toby Penty is competing in the top half of the men’s singles draw and faces a qualifier in his opening match.
Rajiv Ouseph was seeded to meet China’s Lin Dan in the last 16, until the Englishman’s late withdrawal.
Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, fresh from their title win at the Austrian Open, face Indian rivals Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy in Wednesday’s men’s doubles first round.
If Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden can negotiate their first round, then a meeting with top seeds Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong is the likely outcome.
Heather Olver and Lauren Smith also face their own test in the women’s doubles.
They could come up against Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, Japan’s second seeds, in the second round.
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