Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began the sport at age 11 in Hyderabad, India.
|Why this sport?
||He played badminton recreationally at a summer camp.
|Club / Team
||Awadhe Warriors: Lucknow, IND
|Name of coach
||Anup Sridhar [club], IND; Pullela Gopichand [national], IND
||Kashy (badzine.info, 26 Jul 2010)
|Most influential person in career
||His parents, and coach Pullela Gopichand. (mid-day.com, 08 Aug 2014)
|Hero / Idol
||Indian badminton player Pullela Gopichand, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (olympicgoldquest.in, 01 Aug 2013; thehindu.com, 05 May 2012)
||He was unable to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, due to an injury he sustained to his right knee in March that year. He underwent surgery to repair the medial collateral ligament in his knee. (mykhel.com, 08 Aug 2017)
He dislocated his left shoulder in December 2013. The injury continued to trouble him in early 2014, requiring it to be strapped for matches. (sportskeeda.com, 21 Mar 2014)
In August 2013 he sprained his ankle while playing in the Indian Badminton League [IBL]. The injury kept him out of action for one month. (sportskeeda.com, 21 Mar 2014)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Life is on the wire, the rest is just waiting." (Facebook profile, 04 Jun 2012)
|Awards and honours
||In 2012 he received the Arjuna Award from the government of India. (sports.ndtv.com, 29 Aug 2012)
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he became the first Indian male badminton player to reach the quarterfinals of a singles event at an Olympic Games. (olympicgoldquest.in, 01 Aug 2013; SportsDeskOnline, 30 Apr 2018)