Sumeeth Reddy B is a 27 years old right handed professional Indian Badminton player who plays in Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles format. He has 248 doubles and 30 mixed doubles matches to his name.
His father was a PE teacher and he was as strict and gentle with his son as he was with other students. His father sent him to Hyderabad in 2001 where he began playing the sport when he was 10 years old. The year 2007 saw his inception as a professional player. He made his debut as junior player in 2007 Asian Junior Championships. He started playing as a singles and continued to play as one till the age of 20. As a junior player he won five of the seven national finals and was considered to be one of the best emerging players of the time.
He made his debut as singles player in 2012 playing for the Indian squad in China Super Series. But a back injury after playing just a few matches forced him to turn to doubles format. He partnered with T. Hema Nagendra Babu, but the combination was unsuccessful at most places. In 2013, he partnered with Manu Attri and continues to do so.
Rise to Glory
When the duo started playing, it seemed that both were meant to play with each other. Both had different playing styles and they one can work out things if the other fails. The Duo went on to win the title at Tata Open in 2013 and managed to retain it the following year.
Reddy can also bet that 2015 was the best year of his life. The Attri-Reddy duo won two titles at Belgium International and Lagos International. Nigerian pitch suited them and they went on to win three consecutive titles at Lagos, others in 2017 and 2018. Their best performance came from U.S. Open Grand Prix where they manage to pull off runner-up finish. They also were runner up of Gautmela and Prague Open.
As they raked up in the World Rankings in May-June 2016, they managed to get entry into the Rio Olympics 2016. The duo became the first Indian pair to represent the nation in the men’s doubles format of the game at any Olympic. However, they could not manage to pull off some memorable performance and disappointed the Indian fans.
Reddy and his playmate Attri have managed to perform exceptionally well at many instances. Yet, they have failed to perform consistently from the standards of international level. They are unable to make their entry into the elite club internationally.
Still they continue to perform consistently well. Recently in September, they clinched the title at Japan Open and shunned the Olympics Silver medalists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia in the second round of the tournament. There is no denying the fact that these two are the future of Indian Badminton. They need to understand the responsibilities that lie on their shoulders and give their best on the court.