HS Prannoy withdraws from Denmark, French Open due to back injury

Ajay GandharAjay Gandhar
October 17 2023
HS Prannoy
(Courtesy : PTI)

The shuttler cites comeback at the Japan Open.

In a disappointing turn of events for Indian badminton fans, HS Prannoy, the talented shuttler who clinched a historic bronze medal at the recently concluded Asian Games 2023, has been forced to withdraw from both the Denmark Open and the French Open – both BWF 750 events. Prannoy’s withdrawal is attributed to a persistent back injury that he endured while achieving his remarkable feat at the Continental Games.

The 31-year-old’s valiant battle through excruciating back pain led to him securing India’s first men’s singles medal at the Asian Games in 41 years. His extraordinary achievement was celebrated by sports enthusiasts across the nation. However, the toll on his body has necessitated a period of rest and rehabilitation.

Prannoy shared his unfortunate news, stating, “We are not looking at playing any tournament this month. Something also came up in the MRI as well, so I will have to be out for 2-3 weeks, so I will not be able to play Denmark and France. I will need to rest and then start with rehab.”

This setback will see Prannoy miss the chance to participate in two significant tournaments, the Denmark Open and the French Open.

As HS Prannoy takes this necessary break to recover from his back injury, his eyes are set on the horizon, with the Japan Open later this year being the focal point of his comeback. The Japan Open promises to be a significant moment, where Prannoy aims to script another chapter of success in his already illustrious career. Also with World Tour finals in place, the Indian will look to get back to full fitness for the year ender.

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