In Group A of the BWF World Tour Finals, Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, Kodai Naraoka of Japan and Lu Guang Zu of China will face Indian badminton player HS Prannoy. Out of eight male singles competitors taking part in the 2022 BWF World Tour Finals, HS Prannoy is the third seed.
Due to an increase in Covid cases, the BWF World Tour Finals have been moved from Guangzhou, China to Bangkok, Thailand. They will now take place from December 7 to December 11, 2022. After PV Sindhu withdrew due to injury from the BWF World Tour Finals in 2022, HS Prannoy is the only commuter representing India.
Prannoy has had a stable 2022 and is a contender for the BWF’s ‘Most Improved Player of the Year’. He qualified for the quarter-finals in 10 of the 13 events from the start of the year to September. His biggest achievement of the year, however, was leading India to their first victory in the Thomas Cup team event, their first win in the competition’s 73-year history.
After the BWF Super 300 Hylo Open, notable Indian athletes including Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanthand doubles team Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty called it.
BWF World Tour Final Men’s Singles Draw
Group A: Viktor Axelsen (DEN), HS Prannoy (IND), Kodai Naraoka (JPN), Lu Guangzu (CHN)
Group B: Chou Tien Chen (TPE), Jonatan Christie (INA), Loh Kean Yew (SGP), Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (INA)
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