Adam Hall and Alex Dunn made history as they became the first Scots to win the Scottish Open Men’s Doubles for 36 years on a thrilling final day at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
Billy Gilliland and Dan Travers, the last Scots to hold the trophy aloft back in 1983, would go on to become Scotland’s only Commonwealth Games Badminton gold medallists to date as they emulated their victory three years later at Games of Edinburgh 1986.
Hall and Dunn were roared on by a raucous home crowd, easing past Danish pair Jeppe Bay and Mikkel Mikkelsen 21-10 21-17 to cap off a memorable week on home soil.
For Hall, who lost in the final here three years ago alongside former partner Peter Mills, the victory was particularly special and put the memories of missing out in that incredibly close 2016 final behind him.
“Part of me was really worried that the 2016 final was going to be my one chance to win here, so the fact I’ve come back and finally won it has really put that to bed,” the 23-year-old said. I feel like I can maybe, finally watch that 2016 final back now knowing that I’ve got the win! I don’t think you can really put into words how it feels – it’s absolutely unbelievable.
“I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I first started coming here, and to actually finally do it gave me goosebumps out there. The crowd was amazing – they really do give us a real lift, especially when the points are getting a bit tight, so when we win one we get a really big boost when they’re screaming and shouting. They really make a difference, and when it got tight in that second set we knew they were behind us.”
Dunn, 21, added: “I guess being the first Scots to win here for 36 years does make it more special. We’ve been capable of winning this for a long time and to actually do it is really, really good. I think focus and being clinical have been important for us – it’s not been an easy road and the final was probably one of our best performances.
“I loved the atmosphere and it gave me goosebumps – my girlfriend was here again today, and that makes it even more special having friends and family here watching when we get the victory. We need to continue this forward in our next tournaments and then we can do really well.”
Hall and Dunn’s heroics were complemented by a strong Scottish showing across the doubles events. Hall himself also reached the semi-finals of the Mixed Doubles with Jullie MacPherson, the pair losing out on a final place to eventual winners Christiansen and Boje from Denmark. Christopher and Matthew Grimley were semi-finalists in the Men’s Doubles, while in the Women’s Doubles Julie MacPherson and Ciara Torrence missed out on a semi-final sport by the smallest of margins in an incredibly tight game with Swedish second seeds Karlsson and Magnusson.
It was a Scottish Open to remember for the home crowd and one that Adam Hall and Alex Dunn certainly won’t forget!