Manu Attri is a professional Indian Badminton player who hails from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh plays in Doubles and Mixed Doubles format of the game. Till date, he has played an overall of 269 Doubles and 52 Mixed Doubles matches of his career. He is a right hand player.
His father was an athlete and made sure that junior Attri come to the Sports Stadium at Meerut everyday and engage himself in sporting activities. Junior Attri took to Badminton when he was just 10 year of age and his father was obviously a great inspiration for him. He started playing as a professional player at the age of 16 in 2004. In 2010, he got the opportunity to play for India as a junior player. Manu Attri was the part of Indian squad in BWF World Junior Championships 2010. The Indian squad failed to perform there and stood ninth in the tournament. He also played at BWF Bimantara Cups World Junior Championships in Men's Doubles along Prannoy H. S.
He represented India as a senior player for the first time in 2011. He partnered with Sanyal Jisnu and they laid their hands on the title trophy of the Kenya International the very same year. The duo also played in Maldives International Badminton Challenge 2011 and Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Grand Prix Open 2011, but failed to register a successful run in the tournament.
Rise to Glory
His career really kicked off when he partnered with B Sumeeth Reddy in 2013. The duo’s styles mingled with each others’ techniques and the very year they clinched the title of Tata Open, a tournament dominated by Indians. Their duo caught everybody’s eyes when they even managed to retain the title next year. He represented India in the Asian Games in 2014 where the duo managed to reach to the quarterfinals.
2015 was certainly the year of Attri-Reddy Duo. Attri declared in an interview that reaching to the finals of the U.S. Open Grand Prix was the most memorable moment of his career. They also reached to the finals of the Dutch Open. They finally lifted the title trophy of Mexico Open that year. They also won their first Lagos International title in 2015. But it was just the beginning as the duo went on to retain the title for the next two versions of tournament in 2017 and 2018. Attri also won the mixed doubles title of the tournament with K Maneesha in 2018.
The World No 21 Indian pair sealed its Rio berth after the BWF World rankings were released, following the end of the qualification period between 4 May, 2015 to 1 May, 2016. They became the first Indian pair to represent the national side in the sport at an Olympics. Though, their campaign did not end very well.
In July 2015, Attri-Reddy Duo became the World No. 17 attaining their highest career rankings. But this honeymoon period for them got over as late as July 2017. But they recovered and reached World No. 21 in July this year.
They won the Japan Open recently in September this year. They stunned the silver medalists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia to enter the quarter finals of the Japan Open. His strength lies in his progression and it is indeed true that he has a lot to offer to the sport.