Former India No. 1 player Yuki Bhambri says it has been frustrating dealing with his latest injury, which has kept him off the circuit since October 2018. Bhambri suffered a tendon injury in his right leg in October 2018 and has not been able to return to the tour since.
Speaking to the Mumbai Mirror, the 27 year old Indian, who has had several injuries throughout his career, says, "I've never had this long a break and it's frustrating, especially when you hurt yourself being at the top of your game.
Doing well, having a lot of success and things were going smoothly. To have a sudden stop and being out for such a long time. I had a small tear in my tendon. I saw specialists all around pretty much. I saw a couple in India, a couple in the States, and for the treatment I just wasn't happy with that."
Bhambri says he also sought the help of Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, the long time doctor of Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal. "There was a lot of uncertainty about how to go about it, so I was led to Dr Cotorro in Barcelona.
And that's when I decided to go ahead with my treatment rehabilitation. To miss pretty much a whole year and now obviously to miss out because of the virus, 2020 is almost going to be ruled out and there's not going to be much tennis that's going to happen at this point.
It's normal to feel that frustration. Three or four times I've been frustrated with re-doing the exercises also, it gets monotonous. At a certain point you do sort of think that this is maybe not, and there is no going further.
But having done it for so long, I've played tennis all my life and wanted to continue to prove myself and wanting to get back. I think that is what kept me going." Bhambri says every time he has been injured, it has helped him come back stronger, which is something he is hopeful about.
"I've always got better every time I have come back. I have had numerous injuries in the past as well. I had hurt my elbow in 2016, and 2017 and 2018 were pretty much the best years of my tennis career. And I was at my career high.
Before I got hurt in 2015 when I was in the top 100 for the first time. So I always felt that I have got better. I have been able to utilise the time that I have been out for, to improve my game or to assess where I have been and what needs to be done in tennis or physical or mental sides, so that has been the key for me to keep on improving.
And it keeps me motivated for that fraction as well. If you have done better everytime you come back, you should be content as long as you're sticking to planning it out and being able to come back. More than anything, he is eager to get back and start competing again. "I just want to be on the tour and be able to compete at important events."