India’s premier men’s doubles pair of Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty who reached the world ranking of 16 last year had to be out of the international circuit for about six months. They last played at the Syed Modi international championship, Lucknow in November last year.
Their prolonged absence from the World Tour forced their rankings to reach from 16 last December to 26 a week ago. They have had a good season last year where the won their home tournament, Hyderabad Open and finished runners up at the Syed Modi International Championships.
The inform pair suffered a six months break as a result of an injury Satwik suffered at the end of last year. Satwik and his brother went on a vacation to USA where he injured his chest at a ride in a water park.
The injury was further aggravated when he took part in the Premier Badminton League and he was diagnosed with a hairline fracture to his sternum. The injury was expected to clear up in three weeks but soon after an MRI his doctor adviced him to take two months of bed rest.
Initially they were expected to return at the All England championships but that didn’t happened, and then they were supposed to play at the Indian Open. But, haven’t still recovered on time they couldn’t play at the Indian Open.
Even that tentative return date would be postponed. The duo were expected to take part in the New Zealand World Tour 300 tournament last month but had to shelve their plans after a botch-up by the federation in sending their entries for the competition.
Satwik / Chirag made their comeback by winning the Brazilian international Challenge where the duo were seeded no 1. The Olympic qualification period began on 29 April, so from here on each point will be crucial for the duo to book their tickets to Tokyo 2020.
Next on they will be participating in the Denmark international Challenge, where they are seeded second. Then they will fly to Nanning, China to take part in the Sudirman Cup. Satwik’s form and fitness will be crucial for India’s Campaign as he will have to do double duties in Mixed doubles and Men’s doubles.