Kidambi Nandagopal making a mark of his own
It is never easy to be the lesserknown brother of a champion shuttler. But, Kidambi Nandagopal is in the mood to carve a niche for himself in doubles even as his illustrious brother and world No. 9 Srikanth is chasing his ultimate goal of winning an Olympic gold.
“Honestly, I never tell anyone about me being his brother. I try to achieve what best I can and enjoy every moment on the court,” says 26yearold Nandagopal, fresh from three allindia senior ranking doubles titles (including two mixed doubles partnering K. Maneesha).
“I don’t think there is any pressure on me for I never think to emulate what Srikanth has achieved. Yes, I feel proud of him, but at the same time I am conscious that I have to be in my own zone,” he says.
“We don’t have the time to discuss our game since we train at different academies. Only when I am playing do I have some telephonic chats with Srikanth,” he said.
“The biggest handicap for me is that I have no regular partner right now and this has to be resolved at the earliest to look ahead and plan accordingly,” says the doubles specialist, who won the mixed doubles title in Cochin and men’s doubles and mixed doubles titles in Bareilly recently.
V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM