Two-time national champion Anup Sridhar pulled out of the upcoming Tata Open All-India Senior ranking tournament citing a stomach pull.
The 26-year-old trainee of the Prakash Padukone academy, which is hosting the event at the Cricket Club of India from Wednesday, told HT from Bangalore that he decided to pull out as a precautionary measure.
“It’s not that serious. But I’d like to get rid of it before I play again,” said Anup. Anup suffered the injury during the quarterfinals of the Singapore Super Series against Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand. Anup had entered the tie on a high having beaten world number 2 Peter Gade of Denmark in the earlier round but he could not recreate the same form in the last-eight round due to the injury.
He participated in the Indonesia Super Series and Malaysia Grand Prix Gold after that but his performance was well below par.
Meanwhile, the tournament will get underway on Wednesday with two days of qualifying rounds. With the Badminton Association of India pulling out the junior elite squad members as the tournament clashes with their training schedule, there would be qualifiers in men’s singles and doubles only.
Former national champion Chetan Anand and world number 29 Aditi Mutatkar have been given top billing for the Rs five lakh prize money tournament.