Sidelined for year, Yuki Bhambri hops to make return in Pune 2020



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Sidelined for year, Yuki Bhambri hops to make return in Pune 2020

The 27-year-old Yuki Bhambri has been one of the most talented players born in the early 90s, claiming the junior Australian Open at the age of 16 in 2009 and becoming no. 1 in the following month. In April that year, the New Delhi native claimed his first Futures title, still before turning 17, finishing the season inside the top-400 and leading the new generation together with Bernard Tomic, Filip Krajinovic and Ryan Harrison.

A year later, Yuki won the silver medal at the Youth Olympics in Singapore but was already struggling with injuries that would plague his career and reduce his potential. Bhambri had to wait until July 2012 to enter the top-200 for the first time before missing a couple of months of action in 2013, managing to close it inside the top-200 after winning two Futures crowns and the first Challenger title in Traralgon.

Things looked well for the young Indian at the beginning of 2014 when he conquered Chennai Challenger, only to experience more troubles that were waiting just around the corner, missing the next five months and losing ground in the rankings once again.

Playing healthy again in 2015, Yuki found the way to excel his game and crack the top-100 for the first time, unable to stay on the same course in 2016 when a right elbow injury sidelined him for six months, forcing him to drop out from the top-500.

Recovered and eager to show his best tennis, Bhambri produced a solid 2017 season and despite an ankle and right knee injuries in the year behind us he was ranked in the top-100 for six months, scoring his first Masters 1000 wins.

Nonetheless, the Indian couldn't do much in the second part of the year, retiring at Queen's against Milos Raonic and playing just three matches in the rest of the season due to a right knee injury. Staying away from the court since Antwerp 2018, Bhambri had visited the specialist in the USA and has been working on a comeback, hoping to return at home ATP 250 event in Pune in February next year.

"Yuki said he is with his specialist in America, trying to make a comeback in Pune in February," said his coach Stephen Koon. "It hurts when you play Grand Slams during one season and watch them on TV in the next one because of injuries.

Yuki is a champion who will use his problems and setbacks only to motivate himself even more and return stronger."