Gayatri Gopichand is an Indian badminton player who is known for being the daughter of the noted Indian badminton player Pullela Gopichand.
Gayatri Gopichand Pullela BWF was born on Tuesday, 4 March 2003 (age 19 years; as of 2022) in Hyderabad, Telangana. Her zodiac sign is Pisces. She did her schooling at Glendale Academy, Hyderabad. At the age of 7, she started her training in badminton under her parents.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Pullela Gopichand, is a renowned former Indian badminton player and chief national coach of the Indian national badminton team. His mother, P.V.V. Lakshmi, is a former badminton player. Her younger brother, Sai Vishnu Pullela, is a badminton player too.
Her grandfather’s name is Pullela Subash Chandra, and her grandmother’s name is Pullela Subbaravamma.
At an early age, Gayatri started participating in various badminton championships in women’s singles and doubles categories. When she was around 15 years old, she became India’s no. 1 in the ‘under-17 age group.’ She then participated in badminton competitions at the Asian Games, Jakarta (2018), and South Asian Games, Nepal (2019). At her father’s badminton academy ‘Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad, her coach Arun Vishnu paired her with Treesa Jolly (badminton player) for women’s doubles. The duo performed in many national and international tournaments. The pairing turned out to be successful, and they won several medals for India in the women’s doubles category.
Some of the tournaments in which she has participated are:
- 2018: Asian Games
- 2022: Yonex-Sunrise India Open
- 2022: Perodua Malaysia Masters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 2022: Totalenergies BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, Bangkok, Thailand
- 2022: Yonex Swiss Open, Basel, Switzerland
- 2022: Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships, Birmingham, England
- 2022: Yonex Gainward German Open, Muelheim An Der Ruhr, Germany
- 2022: Odisha Open, Cuttack, India
- 2022: Syed Modi India International, Lucknow, India
- 2022: Yonex-Sunrise India Open, New Delhi, India
Accused of Nepotism
In the initial years of her career, she was teamed with the Indian badminton player Vaishnavi in the women’s doubles category. In 2018, Vaishnavi’s parents’ accused Gayatri and her father of nepotism and said that Pullela chose his daughter over Vaishnavi only because Vaishnavi was capable of defeating Gayatri. Later, a few other badminton players accused Pullela of favouritism. The Indian Express
- 2018: Kerala State Junior Junior State Ranking Badminton Championship
- 2021: Infosys International Challenge
- 2021: India International Challenge (Women’s doubles) with Treesa Jolly
- 2022: Odisha Open (Women’s doubles) in Super 100 with Treesa Jolly
- 2019: BWF International Challenge/Series Nepal International (Women’s singles)
- 2019: South Asian Games (Women’s singles), Badminton Covered Hall, Pokhara, Nepal
- 2021: Polish International (Women’s doubles) with Treesa Jolly
- 2021: India International Challenge (Mixed doubles) with K. Sai Pratheek
- 2021: Welsh International (Women’s doubles) with Treesa Jolly
- 2022: Syed Modi International (Women’s doubles) in Super 300 with Treesa Jolly
- Badminton Player(s): Chen Long, Tai Tzu Ying, Kento Momoto
- Subject: English
- In childhood, Gayatri and her younger brother started their training in badminton. They took inspiration from their parents to make a career as a badminton player. During an interview, while talking about it, Gayatri said,
At first I used to play only for fun, but then I started liking it. And my parents also wanted me to play.”
She further talked about her parents. She said,
He is very strict with everyone, even me, when on court. However, off the court, he is very nice. We laugh a lot together. Mom is strict off the court. I used to go with dad for matches and that’s how I started. Then, I slowly took a liking to it and began playing it seriously.”
- Gayatri loves to listen to music, sing, dance, and watch Hindi & English films whenever she gets free time from her training sessions.
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