Ajay Jayaram is an Indian shuttler from Mumbai sponsored by Li-Ning. He is one of the most sought after Indian badminton players currently.
Ajay was born on 28th September 1987 in Chennai although his residence is at Mumbai. His father’s name is Jayaram Gopal.
Ajay Jayaram had been a promising young talent. In 2009 he won the New Zealand Open, the Thailand Open in 2010 and the Czech Open in 2013. In 2014 he won the Dutch Open Grand Prix making him the first Indian to win a badminton Grand Prix under the new 11*5 scoring system. He again won it in 2015 and also won the Korea Open tournament in men’s singles category in the same year. He is also the first Indian to win a medal at the Korean Open.
In 2017 he reached his career best ranking of 13 on 25th May 2017.
In the Premier Badminton League he was signed by the Mumbai Rockets.
Ajay is now coached by India-born British coach Tom John. This year he closely missed out on the Vietnam Open after losing to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia at the BWF Tour Super 100 tournament. Preceding this was another runners-up finish at the White Nights International Challenge.
Due to his injuries he had been inconsistent in the badminton circuit resulting in a fall of ranks to 53. This year he has been signed by the Pune7 Aces in the Premier Badminton League and hopes to make a strong comeback from this platform in the new year.