BUKIT JALIL: The thought of playing in front of your parents can be emotional and nerve-racking for any athlete, more so if your dad is a former world champion.
No wonder Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, son of 1983 men’s singles world champion Icuk Sugiarto, seldom plays competitively in front of his father.
Icuk, who was also a member of the 1984 Thomas Cup winning team, was rated among the world’s best when he dominated the badminton scene in the 1980’s.
“In my family, my father has the biggest influence on my games. But seeing him before my game makes me nervous ... I don’t know why. That’s why he hardly turns up for my matches,” said Tommy.