Who is Srikanth Kidambi?
Srikanth Kidambi (born 7 February 1993) is a badminton player from India who attends the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. In April 2018, he was rated first in the world by the BWF. In 2018, Kidambi received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor. as well as the Arjuna award in 2015.
Srikanth Kidambi is the very first Indian man to make it to the final of the BWF World Championships in men’s singles.
Early life and background
Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi was born on February 7, 1993, in Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh, to a Telugu family. KVS Krishna, his father, is a landowner, and Radha, his mother, is a housewife. K. Nandagopal, Srikanth’s older brother, is also a badminton player.
When Srikanth and his elder brother Nandagopal joined the freshly created municipal stadium in Guntur in 2000, they both took up badminton. Nandagopal’s skill was recognized by the Sports Authority of Sports, and he was relocated to Visakhapatnam to train at the Andhra Pradesh Sports Academy. Srikanth enrolled at the academy in 2001 and shared a room with his brother at the hostel’s academy.
Srikanth was a lazy and sloth before joining his brother in the Sports Academy of Andhra Pradesh. He did, however, put forth a lot of effort to get into the academy. Srikanth wasn’t serious about badminton until he joined the Gopichand Badminton Academy in 2008.
He and Nandagopal enrolled at Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy, which is headed by a former Indian badminton player and national coach.
Srikanth Kidambi Net Worth and Earnings
Srikanth Kidambi, who topped the list in 2018, has consistently ranked among the top ten badminton players in the world. He is one of the wealthiest badminton players in the world as a result of this. Srikanth’s total earnings are above $484,426, according to BWF’s official websites, with $484,332 coming from single championships alone.
In addition, in 2017, he was ranked 83rd on the Forbes Magazine list. The Awade Warriors are said to have paid 31 lakhs for him. He also became the highest-paid Indian male player after being acquired for 51 lakhs by all Premier Badminton League clubs for the 2017-18 season.
Meanwhile, Bengaluru Raptors paid 80 lakhs for him for the 2018-19 season. Srikanth has also profited from long-term endorsement arrangements, such as a lucrative 35 crore four-year deal with Chinese sports brand Li-Ning.
Srikanth Kidambi Bio-Data
|Full Name||Kidambi Srikanth Nammalwar|
|Birthdate||7 February 1993|
|Age||28 years old (as of 2021)|
|Birth Place||Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Profession||Indian Badminton player|
|Hobbies||Spending time with close friends and family|
|Debut Appearance||In 2011, Commonwealth Youth Games|
|Famous For||He moved to the top of the men’s singles rankings with 76895 points in April 2018.|
|Height(Approx)||In feet: 5’9”
In centimetre: 176 cm
|Weight(Approx)||In kilogram: 65 kg
In grams: 143 lbs
Family Background, Education
|Father Name||Kittu Kidambi (Landowner)|
|Mother Name||Radha (homemaker)|
|Siblings||Sister: (Cousin) Ruthvika Shivani (Younger, Badminton player)
Brother: Nandagopal Kidambi (Elder, Badminton player, Auditor at Indian Audit & Accounts Department)
Boyfriend, Husband, Marriage
Favorite Things & Assets
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Kidambi won silver in mixed doubles and bronze in doubles at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle of Man. He also won the singles and doubles categories in the All India Junior International Badminton Championship, which was held in Pune.
Kidambi won the men’s singles championship in the Maldives International Challenge in 2012 after defeating Malaysia’s then-junior World Champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli.
Kidambi won the men’s singles championship at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold tournament, defeating then-world number eight and local favorite Boonsak Ponsana in straight sets.
In the same year, Kidambi defeated defending champion and Olympian Parupalli Kashyap in the All India Senior National Championships in Delhi to win his maiden senior national championship. He was also a member of the Awadhe Warriors squad that placed second in the Indian Badminton League in 2013.
Kidambi finished second in the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold event in Lucknow.  and reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 Malaysian Open. He was a member of the Indian badminton team that advanced to the semi-finals of the Mixed-team event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In the same competition, he also advanced to the quarterfinals of the men’s singles event.
In November, he caused a big shock in the final of the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier by defeating five-time World Champion and two-time Olympic Champion Lin Dan in straight sets (21–19 21–17), becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series Premier men’s championship.
After defeating in-form Chou Tien-Chen in the early stages, he advanced to the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open Super Series. In the semifinals, he was defeated in three sets by Chen Long of China. He qualified for the global super series finals as a result of those victories.
In the group stage, he overcame Kento Momota (15–21 21–16 21–10) and Tommy Sugiarto (21–18 21–13) to advance to the semi-finals of the prestigious BWF Super Series Masters Finals, where he was defeated once more by Chen Long of China.
Kidambi defeated Viktor Axelsen 21–15,12–21,21–14 to become the first Indian guy to win gold at the 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold. He also won the India Open Super Series that year, defeating Viktor Axelsen in the finals.
In January, Kidambi reached the semifinals of the Malaysia Masters, where he was defeated by Malaysian Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin. The next week, he won the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships Grand Prix Gold, defeating Huang Yuxiang in the final 21–13, 14–21, 21–14.
He won two gold medals in the 2016 South Asian Games, in the men’s team and men’s singles, defeating Prannoy Kumar in the singles final. Despite his team losing in the semifinals of the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championship, he remained unbeaten.
Kidambi reached the round of 16 of the men’s singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics after defeating Lino Muoz and Henri Hurskainen. He then defeated World No. 5 Jan. Jorgensen 21–19, 21–19 to go to the quarterfinals, but was eliminated by Lin Dan by scores of 6–21, 21–11, and 18–21.
Kidambi and Sai Praneeth made history by being the first Indian pair to compete in the finals of a ranking tournament in badminton. Both coming from Hyderabad and coached by Pullela Gopichand, it was Sai Praneeth who finally won the Singapore Super Series 17–21, 21–17, 21–12.
Kidambi became the first Indian male player to win the Indonesia Super Series, defeating Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai 21–11, 21–19. He went on to win the Australian Super Series, defeating China’s Chen Long in the final 22–20, 21–16, creating an Indian record for appearing in three consecutive Super Series Finals.
At the World Championships, he was beaten in straight sets by South Korean Son Wan-Ho in the quarterfinals. He won the following Super Series in Denmark, defeating Lee Hyun-il of Korea in the final 21–10, 21–5. Following his successful run, Kidambi became the fourth player in history to win four Super Series championships in a single year when he won the French Super Series, defeating Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21–14, 21–13 in the final.
In doing so, he tied the record held by Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and Chen Long. Following his triumph, he rose to his career-high ranking of 2.
Kidambi began 2018 as the second seed in the India Open. In the second round, he was beaten by Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, who had qualified through the qualifications. He also lost in three games to Chinese player Huang Yuxiang in the second round of the All England Open.
Kidambi was more successful at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, winning a gold medal in the mixed team event and a silver medal in the singles event. During this time, he held the world’s number one position for a week.
Kidambi represented India at the South Asian Games in Nepal, where he won gold in the team event.
- BAI has announced a 500,000 prize for Kidambi’s 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold triumph. In the final, he defeated Viktor Axelsen 21–15, 12–21, 21–14.
- BAI has announced a 500,000 reward for Kidambi’s triumph in the 2015 India Super Series. In the final, he defeated Viktor Axelsen 18–21, 21–13, 21–12.
- Kidambi has received a 500,000 reward from BAI for his triumph in the 2017 Indonesia Super Series Premier. In the final, he defeated Kazumasa Sakai 21–11, 21–19.
- BAI has announced a 500,000 prize for Kidambi’s triumph in the 2017 Australian Super Series. In the final, he defeated Chen Long 22–20, 21–16.
- Kidambi received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, from Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, on March 21, 2018.
Some Interesting Facts About Srikanth Kidambi
- After witnessing his older brother play, he became interested in learning how to play badminton.
- Pullela Gopichand, a former Indian badminton player, is his main role model.
- In 2018, the President of India bestowed upon him the Padma Shri award, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor.
- At the BWF World Championships in April 2018, he was consistently ranked world number one.
- In 2015, he was also honored with the Arjuna Award (Arjuna Awards for Outstanding Performance in Sports and Games), India’s second-highest sports accolade.
- Kidambi Srikanth faced a big setback in 2014 when he contracted brain fever, which alarmed his family (he was fighting for his life in the ICU).
- In the 2014 China Open, he defeated his favorite Lin Dan in the final.
- Once upon a time, he wasn’t very good at jogging.
- He changed his game from doubles to singles.
- He’s won two Super Series in a row already. He defeated Kazumasa Sakai in the Indonesia Open before winning the Australian Open.