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All those who wish that Deepika Padukone had followed in her dad's footsteps and become a badminton player, might just get the chance to watch her on the court today at Bombay Gymkhana.
The event is the national level badminton tournament which happens every year and Prakash Padukone is one of the main organisers.
Deepika adds, "It normally takes place in Bangalore but this year they decided to have it in Mumbai as badminton is picking up in a major way, nationally and internationally. Top players from all over India attend this tournament. I have been part of many such tournaments in Bangalore and have not just attended but even played in some of them. I am there for dad who has contributed a lot to the game of badminton." The event is being sponsored by the Tatas.
The actress who played state level badminton till standard 10, says she misses playing badminton.
"Whenever I get some time, I go to Khar Gymkhana and indulge in a bit of badminton with my friends to keep in touch with the game. I can't be a part of the competition as it's the finals today but I might just play a fun game with dad." Deepika's mom is in Mumbai for the event.
Deepika reveals that her dad isn't disappointed with her career choice, "Dad is very proud that I have achieved whatever I have in my own right. Both my parents are very proud of me and have always supported me in whatever I have done. If I am successful today, it is because of them."
Recently, Deepika, who is a Roger Federer fan, watched him beat Marat Safin at the Wimbledon semis and also saw him lose at the finals to Rafael Nadal. But Deepika says she wasn't disappointed. "Both Federer and Nadal are my favourites so I am happy one of them won."
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