ACHANTA Sharath < Back  
Sport Table Tennis
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 12 Jul 1982 in Machilipatnam, IND
Height1.86 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Sripoorni, children Suyasha and Tejas
Residence Chennai, IND
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Hindi, Spanish
Higher education Accounting, Commerce - Loyola College: Chennai, IND
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing table tennis at age four in Chennai, India, at the table tennis club where his father was a coach. He turned professional at age 16.
Why this sport? His father Srinivasa Rao and uncle Muralidhara Rao were table tennis coaches. "They would probably have started coaching me before I was born if they had the chance."
Club / Team Borussia Dusseldorf: Germany
Name of coach Danny Heister [club], NED
Training Regime He trains with fellow Indian player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in Chennai, India. "Both Sathiyan and I have our base in Chennai so we can also pool in our resources to get good training."
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Watching movies, listening to music, reading. (Facebook profile, 10 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Indian badminton player Pullela Gopichand, Belarusian table tennis player Vladimir Samsonov. (newindianexpress.com, 16 Jul 2013; sportskeeda.com, 29 Apr 2013; indiatoday.intoday.in, 06 Aug 2009)
Injuries In April 2015 he suffered a torn hamstring and required surgery, which kept him out of competition for eight months. (sportstarlive.com, 17 Apr 2016; Facebook profile, 16 Apr 2016; tabletennista.com, 05 May 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Aim high, and work towards your goals. At the same time you need to do what you love, otherwise be satisfied with loving what you are doing." (mhtabletennis.com, 30 Nov 2012)
Awards and honours In 2019 he received the Padma Shri Award for distinguished service to table tennis in India. (ittf.com, 28 Jan 2019)

In 2004 he received the Arjuna Award for Outstanding Performance in Sports and Games in India. (sportskeeda.com, 13 Jan 2010)
Milestones He was part of the team that won India's first ever medal in table tennis at the Asian Games, when they won bronze in the men's team event at the 2018 edition in Indonesia. At the same event, he also won India's first mixed doubles medal at an Asian Games when he took bronze with partner Manika Batra. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 May 2021)

Along with teammates Subhajit Saha and Datta Shibaji, he won India's first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal in table tennis when the trio triumphed in the men's team event at the 2006 Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Six days later at the same Games he won India's first Commonwealth Games gold medal in a singles event. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 May 2021)

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, he and playing partner Subhajit Saha won gold in men's doubles, which was India's first Commonwealth Games gold medal in a doubles event. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 May 2021)

He became the first Indian player to win an event on the Pro Tour, when he won the Egypt Open in Cairo in July 2010. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jul 2018; ittf.com, 15 Mar 2020; ittf.com, 17 Dec 2010)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (mid-day.com, 04 Mar 2021)
Other information PLAYING IN GERMANY
He first played for German club Borussia Dusseldorf in the 2011/12 season. He says playing overseas has been vital in improving and maintaining his knowledge of the sport. "Until I came to Germany, I was winning because of my natural talent and hard work. I had limited knowledge of the game which also reflected in my playing style. I got to understand the what, why and how of table tennis. Additionally, despite ageing, I am able to keep up with the competition, and adapt to the new generation's game and the players. I was able to learn the intricacies of the sport from legends and their secrets to success." (sportstar.thehindu.com, 09 Jan 2021; olympicchannel.com, 15 Dec 2020; ittf.com, 30 Apr 2017)