Prakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone


Prakash Padukone is a former Indian badminton player. He was ranked World No. 1 in 1980, born on 10 June 1955, In India.

Family Background:

He is the son of Ramesh Padukone and Ahilya Padukone. His father had been the Secretary of the Mysore Badminton Association for many years.

Personal Life:

He is married to Ujjala Padukone. They have two daughters, Deepika, a popular Bollywood actress, and Anisha, a golfer.


In 1964, He had won the state junior title, and from then on, his career progressed at a fast pace. His playing style developed over the years and had gone on to win the national senior championship in 1971. As a 16-year-old He had become the youngest player to achieve this feat. Over the ensuing years, He had won each successive national championship until 1979, setting a record of nine national titles in a row. He had proved himself as one of the most competitive international badminton players and completely controlled the top European players in 1980 to win both the Danish Open and the Swedish Open. In 1980, His biggest career achievement happened. He had won the men’s singles title at the All England Championship with winning over Indonesian rival Liem Swie King, becoming the first Indian to do so. That win catapulted Padukone to the No. 1 world badminton ranking that making him the first Indian to achieve that status. In 1991, He retired as a player and served as the chairman of Badminton Association of India for a short while. He had coached the Indian national badminton team from 1993 to 1996. After He had decided to open his own coaching center. In October 1994, Along with fellow stalwarts of Indian badminton, Vimal Kumar and Vivek Kumar, Padukone launched the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA). In 2001, Prakash Padukone together with Geet Sethi, a professional player of English billiards, co-founded Olympic Gold Quest which is a Foundation for the Promotion of Sports in India.

Prakash Padukone

Unknown Facts:

  • He had lost his first ever career match.
  • In 1971, He won both the boy’s and men’s singles titles.

Master Stroke:

  • Padukone had created the record of being the National Championship starting from 1970 to 1978.
  • He is the First ever Indian World No.1 and winner of the All England Club

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1972, He had been awarded the Arjuna award for his sporting achievements.
  • In 1982, He had honored with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his contributions to sports.

What can we learn from him??

Like Prakash Padukone, Make a goal to achieve success. Train yourself.

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