Yuki Bhambri

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Yuki Bhambri
Yuki Bhambri, Aegon Surbiton Trophy, London, UK - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  India
Residence New Delhi, India
Born (1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 24)
New Delhi, India
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2008
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $ 408,558
Singles
Career record 15–16
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 88 (9 November 2015)
Current ranking No. 378 (16 January 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 1R (2015, 2016)
French Open Q2 (2015)
Wimbledon Q1 (2012, 2015)
US Open Q2 (2012, 2014)
Doubles
Career record 3–4
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 138 (3 March 2014)
Current ranking No. 482 (16 January 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
Team competitions
Davis Cup 1R (2010)
Last updated on: 23 January 2017.

Yuki Bhambri (Hindi: यूकी भांबरी, born 4 July 1992) is an Indian professional tennis player. He is a former Junior No. 1[1] and winner of 2009 Australian Open Junior Championship.[2] He is first Indian to win the junior Australian Open title and fourth Indian in history to capture a junior singles Grand Slam championship title.[3] He appears in the Davis Cup tournament for India.[4] In 2015 he played against three-time grand slam champion, Andy Murray, in the first round of the Australian Open, but he lost in straight sets.

Personal and early life[edit]

He started playing tennis at the age of six years. His father is Chander and mother is Indu. He is the youngest in the family. His sisters are Ankita Bhambri and Sanaa Bhambri and is cousin of Prerna Bhambri and Prateek Bhambri, all of whom are professional tennis players. His tennis coach is Aditya Sachdeva.[3][5]

Junior career[edit]

Bhambri reached the junior combined No. 1 ranking in the world in February 2009.[1] He won the Junior Australian Open Boys singles title in 2009 by beating Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas of Greece in the finals. He competed in all the Junior Grand Slam Tournaments in 2008, He lost in 2008 Australian Open Boys' Singles in the semi-finals to eventual champion Bernard Tomic. He lost in the first round of the French Open Boys' Singles and Wimbledon Boys' Singles. He made it to the second round of US Open Boys' Singles before losing to his doubles partner. He played in three Junior Grand Slam Doubles tournaments partnering with Karunuday Singh at the Australian Open Boys' Doubles losing in the first round, Ilija Vujic at the French Open Boys' Doubles losing in the second round, and Filip Krajinović at the US Open Boys' Doubles losing in the first round.

After a disappointing performance in the grand slam events, Yuki's career went back on track with his success in the Junior Fed Cup in Mexico, where he led India to the semifinals along with Saurabh Singh, losing due to an ankle injury. Later, Yuki went on to win a Grade A ITF tournament, Osaka Mayor's Cup, defeating top 30 Hiroki Moriya. Maintaining this momentum, Yuki also won the Asia/Oceania Cup in Indonesia. He continued his winning streak with a stellar performance in the Eddie Herr Cup by reaching the semifinals only to lose to the champion, Alex Domijan. Yuki concluded his season by making history as the first Indian winner of the prestigious Orange Bowl at the young age of 16, beating top US player Jarmere Jenkins in straight sets.

In 2009, Bhambri began the year strong winning the junior Australian Open, defeating Greek Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas in the final in only 57 minutes. Throughout the tournament, he only dropped one set, becoming the first Indian singles winner of the junior Australian Open at the young age of 16 and the fourth Indian in history to capture a junior singles grand slam title.[6] Due to his success in juniors, he soon decided to focus solely on professional tournaments, except for the junior grand slam events.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A SF W
French Open A 1R A
Wimbledon A 1R A
US Open Q2 2R QF

Professional career[edit]

2008[edit]

Yuki participated in a number of Future and Challenger events in India since he was 15, but has focused mostly on ITF junior events after turning 16.

Yuki Bhambri in Action during a Davis Cup Tie

2009[edit]

After his win in the Orange Bowl, Yuki obtained a wild card in the Sony Ericsson Open qualifying draw; however, IMG, the host of the tournament, decided to upgrade Yuki to receive a spot in the main draw of the tournament, where he competed in a draw including all the top professionals such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. He also obtained a wild card spot in the doubles main draw pairing with Harsh Mankad as well as a wild card spot in the singles qualifying draw in the Chennai Open, where he lost to top college player and compatriot Sanam Singh, in three sets. Yuki also obtained a wild card position for the 2010 Australian Open qualifying draw as an additional reward for his win at the 2009 Junior Australian Open. Given his success, Yuki was offered a position of being on the Indian Davis Cup Team, but declined so he could continue practicing in the US to prepare for upcoming the Sony Ericsson Open. In the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, Yuki lost to top 100 player, Diego Junqueira in the first round. Following his showing at the Sony Ericsson, Yuki played in an ITF Futures Event in New Delhi, India, where he won the tournament becoming the youngest Indian to win a Futures event; Yuki continued this winning streak by capturing the title of the following Futures event held in the same venue. Yuki made his Davis Cup debut against South Africa in the World Group Play Offs and won his match against a higher ranked opponent in Izak van der Merwe.

2010[edit]

Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Club Mahindra Holidays (MHRIL), a leisure hospitality provider, will sponsor Bhambri for a period of five years. For the sponsorship, Mahindra Holidays will avail of promotional and advertising rights in association with Bhambri for their brand "Club Mahindra".

In August, Bhambri advanced to the finals of the first Youth Olympics Games in Singapore by defeating Damir Džumhur in three sets. He played Colombian Juan Sebastian Gomez in the finals. After winning the first set tiebreak, he narrowly lost the second set in another tiebreak. After suffering cramp in his thigh, he conceded the match with the score at 1–4 in the third set. This gave him a silver medal at the first Youth Olympics in Singapore.

2012[edit]

Yuki Bhambri defeated Amir Weintraub in straight sets to win the first ever ATP Challenger singles title of his career in Fergana, Uzbekistan on 20 May 2012.[7] Yuki Bhambri was likely to play with Leander Paes at London Olympics 2012[8] but was later replaced by Vishnu Vardhan. Yuki Bhambri lost to Russia's Evgeny Kirillov in the quarterfinals in Penza.[9] On 24 July 2012, 7th seed Bhambri defeated Serizhan Yessenbekov of Kazakhstan in the first round of Challenger tennis tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan. On 14 September 2012, he defeated Daniel King of New Zealand in the Asia-Oceania relegation tie in a tough 5 set battle.[10]

2013[edit]

Bhambri started the year with Chennai Open. He lost in the first round to Robin Haase in straight sets.

He entered his first ATP Challenger final of the season at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He lost to Chinese Taipei's Lu Yen-hsun in the final.[11]

He won his first ATP Challenger singles title of the season and second of his career at Traralgon, Australia. He defeated American Bradley Klahn in the final in a close three set battle. This was his second ATP Challenger singles title of his career.[12]

2014[edit]

Bhambri entered the 2014 Australian Open in both singles and doubles. He lost to Potito Starace in first round of the singles qualifying draw. He entered the men's doubles with Michael Venus from New Zealand as his partner. The pair won a wild card play-off tournament to make the cut for their first Major. They defeated Roberto Bautista Agut and Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round. In round 2, the pair shocked No. 10 seeded Jean-Julien Rojer and his Romanian partner Horia Tecau by defeating them in straight sets.[13] They finally lost to 5th seeded Indo-Czech pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in round 3.[14]

On 8 Feb 2014, Bhambri won his third ATP Challenger singles title with a win at Sriram Capital PL Reddy Memorial ATP Challenger tennis tournament in Chennai. He defeated Alexander Kudryavtsev of Russia in three sets in the final. He also won the doubles title at same event with his partner Michael Venus of New Zealand. The pair defeated Indo-Slovakian combination of Sriram Balaji and Blaz Rola in the doubles final.[15]

Later in the year, Bhambri won 2 medals for India at 2014 Asian Games. He won bronze in Men's singles category. He lost to Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka in the semifinals, despite being a set up.[16] He also won bronze in men's double category with Divij Sharan as his partner. The pair lost in the semifinals to Korean pair of Lim Yong-kyu and Chung Hyeon in a closely contested match, in which the first two sets were decided in tiebreakers.[17]

2015: Top 100[edit]

Starting the year as 315th ranked player in ATP Rankings Bhambri qualified for the 2015 Australian Open, but lost to Great Britain's Andy Murray in the 1st round in straight sets.[18] He then entered 2015 Delhi Open as a Wildcard and reached the finals where he eventually lost to Somdev Devvarman in three sets 3-6 6-4 6-0. He maintained his good start of the season and reached Semi-finals of Kazan Kremlin Cup. He was given 7th Seed in Samarkand Challenger and reached the finals of the tournament defeating his compatriot Saketh Myneni on the way where he lost to Teymuraz Gabashvili in straight sets 6-3 6-1 on Clay Court. On 13 September he defeated Wu Di in the finals of Shanghai Challenger in three sets 3-6 6-0 7-6 to win his first title of the season which also helped him reach 125 in ATP Rankings. He then entered OEC Kaohsiung and defeated Somdev Devvarman in the first round and reached the finals defeating World no. 40 Jiri Vesely in the semi-finals where he eventually lost to World no. 58 Hyeon Chung in straight sets 7-5 6-4. He broke into the top 100 for the first time in his career on October 19, 2015, entering at no. 99. He won his first title in India on 31 October defeating Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets 6-2 7-6 in Pune and attained his highest ranking of 89.

2016[edit]

Yuki withdrew from 2016 Aircel Chennai Open due to elbow injury. He then entered 2016 Australian Open and lost in the first round to the sixth seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets.[19]

Tournament finals[edit]

Singles: 9 (5 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP Tour 500 series (0–0)
ATP Tour 250 series (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (5–4)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–3)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 20 May 2012 Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard Israel Amir Weintraub 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 22 September 2013 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Hard Chinese Taipei Lu Yen-hsun 4–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 27 October 2013 Traralgon, Australia Hard United States Bradley Klahn 6–7(13–15), 6–3, 6–4
Winner 4. 8 February 2014 Chennai, India Hard Russia Alexander Kudryavtsev 4–6, 6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 5. 22 February 2015 New Delhi, India Hard India Somdev Devvarman 6–3, 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 6. 16 May 2015 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Clay Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili 3–6, 1–6
Winner 7. 13 September 2015 Shanghai, China Hard China Wu Di 3-6, 6-0, 7-6(7–3)
Runner-up 8. 27 September 2015 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Hard South Korea Chung Hyeon 5–7, 4–6
Winner 9. 31 October 2015 Pune, India Hard Russia Evgeny Donskoy 6-2, 7-6(7–4)

Doubles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP Tour 500 series (0–0)
ATP Tour 250 series (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (4–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (4–5)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 17 September 2010 Bangkok, Thailand Hard United States Ryler DeHeart China Gong Maoxin
China Li Zhe
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2. 13 May 2012 Busan, South Korea Hard India Divij Sharan Chinese Taipei Hsieh Cheng-peng
Chinese Taipei Lee Hsin-han
1–6, 6–1, [10–5]
Runner-up 3. 20 July 2012 Penza, Russia Hard India Divij Sharan Russia Konstantin Kravchuk
Austria Nikolaus Moser
7–6(7–5), 3–6, [7–10]
Runner-up 4. 5 August 2012 Beijing, China Hard India Divij Sharan Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
6–7(3–7), 6–2, [6–10]
Runner-up 5. 9 September 2012 Shanghai, China Hard India Divij Sharan Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 6 July 2013 Winnetka, USA Hard New Zealand Michael Venus India Somdev Devvarman
United States Jack Sock
2–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Runner-up 7. 22 September 2013 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Hard Chinese Taipei Wang Chieh-fu Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
4–6, 2–6
Winner 8. 8 February 2014 Chennai, India Hard New Zealand Michael Venus India Sriram Balaji
Slovenia Blaž Rola
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Winner 9. 8 September 2014 Shanghai, China Hard India Divij Sharan India Somdev Devvarman
India Sanam Singh
7–6(7–2), 6–7(4–7), [10–8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ITF Juniors Profile
  2. ^ "AUSTRALIAN OPEN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS" (PDF). International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Yuki Bhambari – Profile at Association of Tennis Professionals". 
  4. ^ "Davis cup profile – Yuki Bhambri". 
  5. ^ "Yuki Bhambari – Profile at ITF tennis". 
  6. ^ Blake, Amy (31 January 2009). "Bhambri takes out boys' singles". Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Yui Bhambri". Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  8. ^ "AITA may send two teams to London Olympics". 19 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Battling Yuki Bhambri falls in quarters in Penza". 20 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Yuki moves up". 25 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "ATP Challenger: Brave-heart Yuki Bhambri ends runner-up in both singles and doubles". NDTV. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Yuki Bhambri wins Traralgon Challenger title". IBN Live. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bhambri-Venus stun No. 10 seeds Rojer-Tecau to make third round". The Times of India. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Leander Paes ends Yuki Bhambhri's run in men's doubles at Australian Open". DNA. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Double win for Yuki Bhambri at Chennai Challenger". The Times of India. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Yuki Bhambri Settles for Bronze in Men's Singles Tennis". 28 September 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan settle for bronze medal in men's doubles at Asian Games 2014". 28 September 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  18. ^ http://www.deccanherald.com/content/454333/yuki-battles-hard-losing-aus.html
  19. ^ "AO Analyst: Bhambri learns lesson". Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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