Was about to be done with tennis: Yuki Bhambri | Tennis News
Four years ago, Yuki Bhambri’s career chart was on the rise. The Delhi player made the top 100, hit a career-high 83 and qualified for the main draw at all four Grand Slams, the only time he has done so.
But a series of knee injuries kept India’s top player out of singles action for more than three years. “For any athlete, getting injured is the hardest thing. I was about to be done with tennis because I couldn’t turn back,” the 29-year-old said.
Bhambri returned in February 2021 but his knee again sidelined him for several months. He eventually made the Australian Open qualifiers this year before winning his first match on the ATP Tour in Pune on January 31.
“It was amazing (to win again on the ATP Tour). I had to work hard to try to come back. There were times when I felt like I wasn’t going to make it. I had good results this year. I just try to play as much as possible and hope to move up the rankings as much as possible,” said Bhambri, now world number 590.
Bhambri has been named in India’s Davis Cup squad which will face Denmark in the World Group I qualifiers on Friday and Saturday at the Delhi Gymkhana. The grass experience led breeders to choose Bhambri over Sumit Nagal, whose preferred surface is clay.
“Playing a Davis Cup match at home is extremely emotional so I’m really looking forward to it,” said Bhambri, who won the 2009 Australian Open as a junior.
“Coming back after so long is difficult, but Bhambri said what helped him was that he could ‘rely on experience. I enjoy my tennis and I hope I can reach new heights”.
For now, Bhambri is looking to play as much as he can and assess his future in the second half of the year. “I will then see what the ranking is and what to do and what not to do, but the schedule remains similar: playing the Davis Cup, the clay and grass seasons, all the Grand Slams and making my best.”
Indian number one Ramkumar Ramanathan has been drawn to face Christian Sigsgaard in Friday’s opener, followed by Bhambri taking on Mikael Torpegaard. Saturday will see the pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan take on Johannes Ingildsen and Frederik Nielsen ahead of the reverse singles.