When did you start your career as a professional badminton player?
I played badminton when I was very small. When I was 11, I went to practice the sport at the Tinh Vo Club in District 5, HCM City. At first, my mother strongly objected to my decision because she worried that I would spend less time studying. Moreover, at that time, badminton was not as popular as it is nowadays.
She thought that I had no future. Fortunately, my father supported me. Also at the time, I won six gold medals within three months, so she gradually came to realize I could succeed.
At the age of 18, when they saw my passion which brought me many medals, my parents fully supported me.
At that time I had two choices, to take university exams or pursue the sport. Finally I chose badminton, and I have never regretted the decision.
Did you meet many difficulties when playing in professional competitions?
It is a long way from being an amateur to being a professional athlete. In the past, I played haphazardly and without real training.
I know that my disadvantage is my small size. I am also not strong at upper attacks and I have to perfect my basic technical skills.
Vietnamese badminton is not as professional as other countries like China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Denmark, so here there is a small number of high level players and not much competition.
One important disadvantage to a professional player is that Viet Nam has not allotted enough money for international events, so we lack experience.
Moreover, we have no donations (sponsors), so Vietnamese players rarely participate in big tournaments.
How do you practice everyday?
My parents and friends play a key role by supporting my training. They not only give me the best conditions but also tell me what my strengths and weaknesses are, while my coaches show me how to bring into play my strong points as well as limit the disadvantages.
I have two training shifts per day under coach Nguyen Anh Hoang. I have my own practice schedule at home, and exercise to improve my physical strength.
It took me time to become adjusted to so much work.
Now, apart from my trainer’s lessons, I practice on my own, which helps me to perfect my technique.
My achievements today are also due to training abroad in China, Malaysia, Germany and playing in international competitions.
National champion in the men's singles in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
Bronze Medal for Men Team at 2005 Southeast Asian Games, hosted in the Philippines
Bronze Medal for Men Single at 2007 Southeast Asian Games, hosted in Thailand
Gold Medal for Men Single at the International Malaysia Satellite 2004
Gold Medal for Men Single at the International Vietnam Satellite 2006 and 2008
Gold Medal for Men Single at the International Vietnam Open 2008
Bronze Medal for Men Single at the International Taiwan Open 2008
Awarded with the Certificate of Satisfactory Progress by the Ho Chi Minh City’s People Committee in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Participated in 2008 Summer Olympic Games
Achieved the ranking of 11th worldwide on May 28, 2009
Gold Medal for Men Single at the Robot Vietnam International Challenge
Gold Medal for Men Single at the SCG Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold 2009
Gold Medal for Men Single at the Yonex Chinese Taipei Gold Grand Prix 2009
Achieved the ranking of 5th worldwide on June 18, 2010
Champion of the Vietnam Open 2011.
Ranking second at the US Open 2011.