BWF World Championships: HS Prannoy Focusing On Endurance Training For Slow Court In Tokyo

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Star Indian shuttler HS Prannoy has been doubling down on improving his endurance ahead of the 2022 BWF World Championships set to take place in Tokyo next week to cope up with the slower court conditions in the Japanese capital.

Kicking off from 22nd August, the World Championships will take place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Prannoy, who will take on Austrian player Luka Wraber in his first match, revealed to PTI that his current focus is on endurance training.

“I had a decent two weeks of training. There was nothing different. But courts in Japan tend to be on the slower side, so the focus was more on endurance,” said Prannoy, currently ranked 18th in the world, “During the Olympics, the conditions were faster, but mostly, it is on the slower side. Also, there is the Japan Open next, so I think endurance will be important.”

The former world no 8, who made it to the last eights of the 2021 World Championships in Spain, recently entered the top 20 seeds courtesy of his back to back top finishes at the international level.

It has been tough. The ranking was not unfrozen, and moving even one ranking point up was tough. At the start of the year, I was ranked 29th or 30th. From there on, consistent performance helped me slowly get into the top 20,” the 30-year-old went on, “For me, the happiness to win each point and round are important. I need to enjoy the process.”

“There are going to be few days when you won’t be good, you are human after all, and you may get tired of all the journey, so sometimes a loss is okay. If you are giving your best and keep knocking on the door, someday it might open and hopefully soon…” Prannoy added.

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