Treesa Jolly is an Indian badminton player, who booked her position in the Commonwealth Games in 2022. She mainly participates in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles categories.
Treesa Jolly was born on Tuesday, 27 May 2003 (age 19 years; as of 2022) in Pulingome Village, Cherupuzha, Kerala. Her zodiac sign is Gemini.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Jolly Mathew Thaickal, is a former physical education teacher and volleyball coach. Her mother, Daisy Joseph, is a teacher. She has a sister named Mariya Jolly, who is a badminton player.
Treesa Jolly with her parents and sister
When she was 7 years old, she participated in the U-10 State Championship held in Kannur, Kerala. Her performance in the doubles game in nationals was better than in singles, so she decided to switch to the doubles category in the game. During an interview, while talking about it, she said,
In singles, I had good performances at the State level, but at the National level I used to reach the semifinals just once or twice a year, there was no consistency. I was doing better in doubles.”
To continue her training in badminton, she joined Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad in 2020. At the academy, her coach Arun Vishnu, and the former Indian badminton player Pullela Gopichand paired her with Gayatri Gopichand (badminton player) for women’s doubles. Treesa then performed with Gayatri at many national and international tournaments. The pairing turned out to be successful, and they won many medals for India in the women’s doubles category.
Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand
Treesa has participated in various badminton tournaments like:
- 2018: Kerala State Junior Junior State Ranking Badminton Championship at Sulthan Bathery
- 2022: Perodua Malaysia Masters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 2022: Totalenergies BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, Bangkok, Thailand
- 2022: Yonex Swiss Open, Basel, Switzerland
- 2022: Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships, Birmingham, England
- 2022: Yonex Gainward German Open, Muelheim An Der Ruhr, Germany
- 2022: Odisha Open, Cuttack, India
- 2022: Syed Modi India International, Lucknow, India
- 2022: Yonex-Sunrise India Open, New Delhi, India
Treesa Jolly in one of her matches
Her coaches are Jolly Mathew Thaickal (Treesa Jolly’s father), Anil Ramachandran, and Arun Vishnu. Her handedness in the game is right.
- 2018: Kerala State Junior Junior State Ranking Badminton Championship
- 2021: Infosys International Challenge
- 2021: India International Challenge (Women’s doubles) with Gayathri Gopichand
- 2022: Odisha Open (Women’s doubles) in Super 100 with Gayathri Gopichand
- 2021: Polish International (Women’s doubles) with Gayathri Gopichand
- 2021: Welsh International (Women’s doubles) with Gayathri Gopichand
- 2022: Syed Modi International (Women’s doubles) in Super 300 with Gayathri Gopichand
- 2022: Odisha Open (Mixed doubles) in Super 100 with Arjun M.R.
Treesa Jolly on winning a silver medal at Odisha Open 2022
- 2021: U-19 International Junior Grand Pix, Pune
- At the age of 5, she started her training in badminton. Her father being a physical education teacher started her initial training. She is trained under her father for almost six years, and then her father decided to continue her professional training. In the initial years of her training, she used to play with her sister in women’s double. In an interview, she talked about making her career in badminton. She said,
When I started out, hardly anyone played the sport back in my village. When my father started encouraging me and my sister to play badminton, a lot of people questioned him. Many suggested that it was of no use and that no one from our region would make a career out of it. But my father didn’t pay heed to any of it and kept training us and offered his full support.”
- In 2022, while talking to the reporters, she talked about her future goals. She said,
I’m concentrating more on doubles right now in terms of career goals and the aim is to try and qualify for the next Olympics in 2024. Even though I have a scholarship from the Sports Ministry, there are still a lot of financial difficulties. My father had to quit his job to help with my career because he couldn’t concentrate on both. But the fact that we’ve come this far gives us confidence. I’m very thankful to my parents and my family.”