NEW DELHI: Star India shuttler HS Prannoy is focussed on bettering his endurance maintaining in thoughts the slower court docket circumstances in Tokyo which can host the BWF World Championships in per week’s time.
“I had a decent two weeks of training. There was nothing different, but courts in Japan tend to be on the slower side, so the focus was on endurance more,” Prannoy, who will open his marketing campaign towards Austria’s Luka Wraber, informed PTI.
“During the Olympics, the conditions were faster, but mostly, it is on the slower side. Also, there is the Japan Open next, so I think endurance will be important.”
Prannoy had reached the quarterfinals on the final version of World Championships in Spain.
With a run of quarterfinals, three semifinals and a runners-up end this season, Prannoy has emerged as one of the constant Indian shuttlers within the worldwide circuit.
Following his spectacular run, the previous world quantity 8 broke again into the highest 20.
“It has been tough. The ranking was not unfrozen and moving even one ranking point up was tough. I needed to reach the quarters, semifinals and finals in the superseries events (world tour) to fill the gap.
“In the beginning of the 12 months, I used to be ranked twenty ninth or thirtieth and from there on, constant efficiency helped me to slowly get into the highest 20.”
Not too long ago Prannoy was struggling with health issues after being diagnosed with a gastroesophageal reflux disease during the 2018 World Championships.
Once he recovered from it, he was struck by Covid-19 in November 2020, the effects of which lingered, and had a huge impact on his performance.
But Prannoy has never stopped trying out new concepts to ensure he gets his game back.
While Go Sports Foundation has provided a lot of support, Prannoy has been working with a company called Invictus, to improve not only his physical aspects but also his behavioural side, which includes psychology and breathing techniques.
Prannoy has also been using a metabolic health tracker, a black patch which continuously monitors the glucose level in his body.
“It’s a product of Ultrahuman which I’ve been utilizing since February to know how my physique reacts to meals, stress, and exercise and to enhance my metabolic well being,” he said.
“I’ve acquired a back-end crew which works for me, they’ll see my sensor, what I’m consuming throughout tournaments, it’s fairly correct and might help to stop any future metabolic issues.”
All his efforts have paid off as Prannoy looks calmer on the court and has reached the semifinals of the Indonesia Open and the Malaysia Masters, finals at Swiss Open Super 300, besides playing a big part in India’s epic win at Thomas Cup.
But despite his best efforts, Prannoy’s last individual title win remains the US Open Grand Prix Gold in 2017.
“For me, the happiness to win every level and spherical is necessary, I must benefit from the course of,” he said.
“There are going to be a couple of days whenever you will not be good, you’re human in any case, and chances are you’ll get uninterested in all of the journey, so generally a loss is okay. If you’re giving your greatest and preserve knocking on the door, sometime it would open, and hopefully quickly…”
“Additionally, I believe we have to perceive the truth that we’re constantly taking part in the highest gamers within the tremendous 1000, 750, and 500 occasions. There may be maybe no different sports activities the place Indian gamers are competing towards the highest gamers day in and time out.”
Asked if the Thomas Cup win changed anything for Indian badminton?
“I do not assume something massive has modified. Maybe, it was a short-lived factor and we now have to do one thing giant like at cricket stage, and hopefully, perhaps within the subsequent one decade we are able to get someplace near cricket,” he said.
“Thomas Cup win was a giant factor for us, however persons are nonetheless hesitant to sponsor badminton occasions and leagues in India. It’s the highest performed sport within the nation and no different sport has grown like badminton within the final decade.
“But we are behind when it comes to sponsorships. We need to push to the next level, produce some big wins to get endorsements from big brands.”