Prannoy HS: Biography and Achievements

Prannoy HS badminton career took off after he began training with Pullela Gopichand. He made his debut in 2010 and Gopichand was essential in refining his game.

Sunil and Haseena Kumar gave birth to Prannoy HS his father is a former badminton player and All India Air Force Badminton Champion, while her mother is a homemaker. Prannoy developed an interest in badminton at the age of ten. His father, Sunil, pushed him to pursue the sport because he was a badminton player. His father trained him. Prannoy has suffered rejections from professional trainers since he wasn’t fit to play singles and persisted on shifting to doubles Because he was slow.

Prannoy HS: The Journey

The Initial Days

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Pullela Gopichand, the national coach, saw Prannoy’s badminton talent and invited him to the Gopichand Badminton Academy, where he received his first professional training from a former Indian badminton veteran. Gopichand was essential in refining his game and helping him reestablish himself.

Prannoy’s badminton career took off after he began training with Pullela Gopichand. Before making his international debut in 2010, he competed and won gold in Junior and Senior National events.

First of Many

Prannoy won his first international medal in 2011, taking silver after losing to compatriot Sourabh Varma at the Bahrain International. After that, he took almost two years off from the game to heal from his injury. In 2013, he reached the final of the Tata International Open India International but lost to Sourabh Verma.

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The Growth

In 2014, he won two National Ranking Championship titles: the Indian Open All India Senior Badminton Ranking Tournament in Kerala and the V.V. Natu Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament in Pune. That year, he advanced to the semi-finals of three Grand Prix Gold events, including the India Open, the Bitburger Open in Germany, and the Macau Open. Prannoy earned gold and silver medals in the Men’s Team and Men’s Singles at the South Asian Games in Guwahati in 2016, and bronze in the Men’s Team at the Badminton Asia Team Championships the following year.

The Performance

Prannoy was chosen by the Mumbai Rockets to represent them for two seasons in the Premier Badminton League. During the 2017 PBL season, he went undefeated. Ahmedabad Smash Masters selected him for the 2018 season, followed by the Delhi Dashers for the 2019 PBL season. In 2020, he earned the bronze medal in the Men’s Team at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Manila, Philippines.

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Major Achievements

Prannoy H.S. made his international debut by winning a silver medal in the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore. Later that same year, he earned a bronze medal in Boys’ Singles at the World Junior Badminton Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In 2014, Prannoy reached his maiden Grand Prix Gold final at the Vietnam Open and finished as Runner-Up after losing to Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka, who hails from Indonesia. That year, he won his maiden Grand Prix Gold championship at the Indonesia Open, an upsetting tournament, and local favourite Firman Abdul Kohlik.

The Consistency

Prannoy delivered one of the fi the 2015 India Super S performance series, surprising World No.2 Viktor Axelsen in the pre-quarterfinals. He won his second Grand Prix Gold in the Swiss Open a year later, defeating Germany’s Marc Zwiebler.

Prannoy became the first Indian badminton player to win the US Open Badminton Championships in 2017, defeating his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap. He won the gold medal in the mixed team event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia. Two weeks after losing, he earned the bronze medal Chen Long of China won the Asian Badminton Championships Men’s Singles title.

The History Maker

Prannoy HS competed in the Thomas Cup for India in 2022. Throughout the competition, he delivered several outstanding efforts, resulting in India’s first-ever Thomas Cup victory. The Indian shuttler had a solid year on the BWF World Tour, reaching six quarterfinals and two semifinals. He also advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2022 BWF World Championships, and his strong performances on the court helped him re-enter the top 15 of the BWF Men’s Singles World Rankings for the first time in four years. Prannoy HS used his purple patch to perform consistently on the BWF World Tour beginning in 2022. However, the finest moment.

The Highlight

His career highlight (so far) came in May 2023, when he upset Chinese badminton player Weng Hong Yang to win the 2023 Malaysia Masters. It was Prannoy’s first event victory on the BWF World Tour. In May 2023, the Indian shuttler made his first appearance in the top ten of the BWF Men’s Singles World Rankings.

The Resilience 

While Prannoy HS was unable to win the Australian Open 2023 (Badminton) and was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Japan Open 2023, he remains the first Indian men’s singles player to win a BWF World Tour championship in 2023.

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