Hometown: Hyderabad, Telangana
Father: Pullela Gopichand
Age: 19 Years
|Full name||Gayatri Gopichand Pullela BWF|
|Known for||Being the daughter of the former Indian badminton players Pullela Gopichand and P. V. V. Lakshmi|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 168 cm
in meters– 1.68 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 6”
|Coach(es)||• Pullela Gopichand
• Anil Kumar
• 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
|Date of Birth||4 March 2003 (Tuesday)|
|Age (as of 2022)||19 Years|
|School||Glendale Academy, Hyderabad|
Denounced of Favouritism
In 2017, she used to play with another badminton player Vaishnavi in women’s doubles. At that time, Vaishnavi’s parents accused Gayatri Gopichand’s father Pullela Gopichand that he was partial towards his daughter and picked Gayatri for the 2018 Asian Games instead of Vaishnavi. Later, parents of a few other badminton players accused Gayatri and his father of nepotism. The Indian Express
|Relationships & More|
Father– Pullela Gopichand (former badminton player and chief national coach for the India national badminton team)
Mother– P.V.V. Lakshmi (former badminton player)
|Siblings||Brother– Sai Vishnu Pullela (badminton player; image in parents’ section)|
Grandfather- Pullela Subash Chandra
Grandmother- Pullela Subbaravamma
|Badminton Player(s)||Chen Long, Tai Tzu Ying, Kento Momoto|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Gayatri Gopichand
- Gayatri Gopichand Pullela is an Indian badminton player, who mainly participates in the women’s double and mixed doubles category in various badminton tournaments.
- She followed the footsteps of her parents, and at the age of 7, she started playing badminton. In an interview, she shared how she thought of making a career as a badminton player. She 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 then participated in various junior badminton tournaments and won various matches.
- By the age of 15, she became India’s no. 1 in the under-17 age group. She then participated in the Asian Games (2018) held in Jakarta.
- In 2019, she won her first silver medal in the women’s singles category at the South Asian Games (2019) in Nepal.
- In the early 2020s, she met Treesa Jolly at Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad. After watching the game style of Treesa and Gayatri, Pullela and Arun Vishnu (badminton coach) decided to team up the girls for women’s mixed doubles. The duo participated in various badminton tournaments and bagged many medals.
Gayatri Gopichand with Treesa Jolly
- Some of the tournaments in which she has participated are:
- During an interview, while talking 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.”
- In her leisure time, she loves to watch Hindi & English films, listen to music, sing, and dance.
|↑2||The Indian Express|