He is a former Indian badminton player. His achievements include winning the All England Open Badminton Championship in 2001 (becoming the only second Indian to achieve this feat). Gopichand continues to contribute immensely to the sport. He has opened an academy in Hyderabad that provides world-class training to young players. The Gopichand Badminton Academy has been producing highly acclaimed international players including Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindu and Parupalli Kashyap. He has been a recipient of the Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padmashri, Dronacharya Award as well as the Padma Bhushan, an honour that very few Indians have received.