Chirag Shetty, India’s top men’s doubles talent –

Badminton News: Chirag Shetty is an Indian badminton player who is currently ranked 7th in the men’s doubles world ranking and 3rd in the men’s doubles world ranking according to the BWF. With a career ranking of 7, he and his partner, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, are the first men’s doubles pair from India to break into the top ten of the BWF World Rankings.

Chirag Shetty started playing badminton in his spare time when he was seven years old. Eventually, his enthusiasm for the sport grew and he started playing professionally at Goregaon Sports Club under the tutelage of Manish Hadkar. At the age of 16, Chirag chose to pursue a career as a professional badminton player.

During his school years, he participated in many state level badminton clubs and events. Later, he moved to Hyderabad to train at Pullela Gopichand Academy under Indian National Badminton Team National Head Coach, Pullela Gopichand. Under his tutelage, he participated in numerous national and international tournaments.

In 2013, he made his professional debut. He participated in the Indian Junior Sushant Chipalkatti Memorial International Badminton Championships. With his partner MR Arjun., he won his first international gold medal in 2014 in men’s doubles at the Swiss Junior Open. That same year, he won his second international gold medal against Scotland at the Yonex Belgian Junior.

Later, coaches at Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad paired him with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. Initially, the duo felt uncomfortable with the pair as they were dominated by backcourt players which made it difficult to play as a team. However, the coaches told Shetty to step up his frontcourt game as Rankireddy focused on backcourt play. Once they start doing it, they can see results. After that, they rose to fame after winning the India International Challenge in 2016.

After several achievements, Chirag Shetty was nominated for the BWF Most Improved Player of the Year 2018 awards along with his partner, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.

Their latest achievement was winning the 2022 Indian Open beating Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan in straight sets with a score of 21-14, 21-10.

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