Tommy Sugiarto is a 30 year old Indonesian professional Badminton player who has played 510 singles and 18 doubles matches. He is a right handed steely determined and quality player.
Sugiarto inherited his talent and skills from his father Icuk Sugiarto who was one of the finest badminton players of his age and was the World Champion in 1983. He began playing as a professional when he was as little as 7 years old.
Surigato made his international debut winning bronze at Malaysian Open in 2004. The following year, he clinched the title trophy Satellite Thailand and was runner-up at Junior World Championship. Until 2010, he bagged some bronze and silver medal here and there and his career grew slower doing injustice to his skills and ability.
Rise to Glory
From there on, his career shifted the gear and the same year he became champion at Laos International Challenge, Malaysia International Challenge and Bahrain International Challenge and runner-up of the India international challenge. He also managed to bag victories at VICTOR Indonesia International Challenge and YONEX Chinese Taipei Open Grand Prix in the year 2011.
Tommy Surigato describes his victory at Singapore Open Championship 2013 as his most memorable sporting moment. He reached at the highest level of his career in 2014 when he entered the Top 3 Men’s Singles World Rankings. One of his opponents rightly described him as a very aggressive player and also accurate with his shots. He has become more mature after winning prestigious and important titles and tournaments.
He had to settle for bronze at Men’s singles World Championship 2014. He was part of the gold winning team at Asia Team Championship 2016 in Hyderabad and silver winning team at Thomas Cup 2016 in Kunshan. He managed to remain unbeaten in the whole season of Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2017 and took his team Delhi Acers to the title victory.
He was at the peak of his career with his entry in the Top 3 World Rankings at the start of the year 2014. But from there he slipped to World No. 19 by the spring of next year. He even fell down to World No. 34 in April this year.
But the dark phase of his career seems to be over now. He jumped 9 places to World No. 24 a couple months later. He is currently the World No.10 and looking forward to reach at the helm of the World Rankings alone.