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Yuki Bhambri (Hindi: यूकी भांबरी, born 4 July 1992) is a professional tennis player from India. He is a former junior no. 1[2] and winner of the 2009 Australian Open Junior Championship.[3] He is the first Indian to win the junior Australian Open title and fourth Indian in history to capture a junior singles title at a Grand Slam championship.[4] He represents India in the Davis Cup.[5]

Yuki Bhambri
Bhambri RG18 (13) (29106556688).jpg
Country (sports) India
ResidenceBradenton, Florida, USA
Born (1992-07-04) 4 July 1992 (age 27)
New Delhi, India
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2008
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$913,713
Singles
Career record26–29 (47.3% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
7 Challenger, 12 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 83 (16 April 2018)
Current rankingNo. 137 (26 November 2018)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2015, 2016, 2018)
French Open1R (2018)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
US Open1R (2018)
Doubles
Career record6–6 (50.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
6 Challenger, 1 Futures
Highest rankingNo. 138 (3 March 2014)
Current rankingNo. 319 (26 November 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2014)
French Open2R (2018)
Team competitions
Davis Cup1R (2010)
Last updated on: 28 November 2018.

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Personal and early lifeEdit

He started playing tennis at the age of 6 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 he is the cousin of Prerna Bhambri and Prateek Bhambri, all of whom are professional tennis players. His tennis coach in early career was Aditya Sachdeva.[4][6] He is currently being coached by Stephen Koon, Impact Tennis Academy and is accompanied by trainer Abhimanu Singh & Ahmad Nasir.[7]

Junior careerEdit

Bhambri reached the junior No. 1 ranking in the world in February 2009.[2] 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 Slams in 2008. He lost at the 2008 Australian Open Boys' Singles in the semifinals to eventual champion Bernard Tomic.

Yuki concluded his season by making history as the first Indian winner of the prestigious Orange Bowl at age 16, beating Jarmere Jenkins of the U.S. in straight sets.

In 2009, Bhambri began the year by winning the junior Australian Open, defeating Alexandros Georgoudas from Greece 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 and the fourth Indian in history to capture a junior singles grand slam title.[8]

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 careerEdit

 
Yuki Bhambri in action during a Davis Cup tie

2009: First ITF title and Davis cup debutEdit

Yuki obtained a wild card spot in the doubles main draw pairing with Harsh Mankad at the Chennai Open. At same event he received a wild card spot in the singles qualifying draw in the Chennai Open where lost to 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. After his win in the Orange Bowl, Yuki received a spot in the main draw of the Sony Ericsson Open where he lost to 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.

2010: Youth Olympics Games Silver medalEdit

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 suffering cramps 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: First Challenger TitleEdit

In May, Yuki won his first ATP men's doubles challenger title with compatriot Divij Sharan at Busan Challenger. They defeated Taiwanese duo of Hsieh Cheng-peng and Lee Hsin-han in the finals.[9]

A week later, he defeated Amir Weintraub in straight sets to win his first ATP Challenger singles title of his career in Fergana, Uzbekistan on 20 May 2012.[10]

2013Edit

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. This was his second ATP Challenger singles title of his career.[12]

2014Edit

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. They defeated Roberto Bautista Agut and Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round. In the second round, the pair shocked tenth-seeded Jean-Julien Rojer and 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 two medals for India at the 2014 Asian Games. He won bronze in the men's singles category. He lost to Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka in the semifinals.[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.[17]

2015: Top 100Edit

Starting the year as 315th ranked player in the ATP rankings, Bhambri qualified for the 2015 Australian Open, but lost to Great Britain's Andy Murray in the first round in straight sets.[18]

He then entered 2015 Delhi Open as a Wildcard and reached the finals, losing to Somdev Devvarman in three sets 3–6, 6–4, 6–0. He maintained his good start of the season and reached the semifinals of Kazan Kremlin Cup. On 13 September, he defeated Wu Di in the finals of Shanghai Challenger in three sets 3–6, 6–0, 7–6(7–3) to win his first title of the season, which helped him reach no. 125 in the ATP Rankings. He reached the finals at the OEC Kaohsiung, losing to Hyeon Chung in straight sets 7–5, 6–4.

He broke into the top 100 for the first time in his career on 19 October 2015. He won his first title in India on 31 October defeating Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets 6–2, 7–6(7–4) in Pune. As a result of his good run, he rose to career best ranking of 88 on 9 November. He finished year with year end ranking of 93.

2016: Struggle with injuryEdit

Bhambri entered main draw of Australian Open for second consecutive year. He lost in the first round to the sixth seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets.[19]

In February he won his sixth doubles challenger title at 2016 Delhi Open partnering with Mahesh Bhupathi.

Bhambri was out of the action from March to September because of tennis elbow injury.[20] This forced his rankings to drop out of 500.

2017Edit

 
Bhambri in Action during 2017 Citi Open

Bhambri started his 2017 campaign with the Chennai Open. He won all of his qualifying matches and entered main draw, where he defeated compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan in the first round, before losing in round 2 to Benoit Paire.[21] He then entered the qualifying draw of the Australian Open where he lost in final qualifying round to Ernesto Escobedo.[22]

In July, Bhambri reached the quarterfinals at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.. This was his second quarterfinal on the ATP World Tour, and his first at a 500 level event. Bhambri defeated Stefan Kozlov in the first round and shocked 6th seed and defending champion Gaël Monfils in the second round. He then defeated Guido Pella to reach the quarterfinals where he lost to eventual finalist Kevin Anderson.[23]

In October, Bhambri teamed up with Divij Sharan to enter the Tashkent Challenger. They finished as runners-up, losing to the pair of Hans Podlipnik-Castillo and Andrei Vasilevski in the final.[24] In November, he won his second Pune challenger title defeating compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan in the final. This was his sixth Challenger singles title.[25]

2018: Return to top 100Edit

Yuki started the year with the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune where he entered the main draw. He defeated compatriot Arjun Kadhe in the opening round but lost to Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round.[26] He then entered the qualifying draw of the Australian Open and qualified for the main draw for the third time. He could not proceed further and lost to Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets 7–6(7–4), 6–4, 6–3 in the first round.[27] In February, Yuki entered the inaugural Chennai Challenger. He reached the final but lost to top seed Jordan Thompson in 3 sets.[28]

In March, he entered the Indian Wells Masters and qualified for the main draw. He defeated Nicolas Mahut in the opening round. In the second round he created big upset by defeating then world no 12 Lucas Pouille in straight sets. He eventually lost to Sam Querrey in the third round.[29] Bhambri carried his good form to the next masters at the Miami Open where he qualified for main draw. There he defeated Mirza Basic in the first round before bowing out in the second round with a loss to Jack Sock.[30]

In April, Bhambri won the first challenger title of the season at the Santaizi Challenger by defeating compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan. With this win he returned to the top 100 rankings.[31]

On the back of his improved rankings, Yuki earned direct entry into the 2018 French Open. This was his first match in the main draw at the event. He lost in the first round to Ruben Bemelmans in straight sets.[32] He also entered the doubles draw with compatriot Divij Sharan. The pair advanced to the second round where they lost to second seeds and eventual finalists Oliver Marach and Mate Pavić.[33]

Yuki also got direct entry into the 2018 Wimbledon Championships for the first time. He lost in the opening round to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano.[34] He lost in straight sets in the 1st round in the 2018 US Open to Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Tournament finalsEdit

Singles: 12 (7–5)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 (7–5)
Titles by Surface
Hard (6–4)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score in Final
Win 1–0 May 2012 Fergana, Uzbekistan Hard   Amir Weintraub 6–3, 6–3
Loss 1–1 September 2013 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Hard   Lu Yen-hsun 4–6, 3–6
Win 2–1 October 2013 Traralgon, Australia Hard   Bradley Klahn 6–7(13–15), 6–3, 6–4
Win 3–1 February 2014 Chennai, India Hard   Alexander Kudryavtsev 4–6, 6–3, 7–5
Loss 3–2 February 2015 New Delhi, India Hard   Somdev Devvarman 6–3, 4–6, 0–6
Loss 3–3 May 2015 Samarkand, Uzbekistan Clay   Teymuraz Gabashvili 3–6, 1–6
Win 4–3 September 2015 Shanghai, China Hard   Wu Di 3–6, 6–0, 7–6(7–3)
Loss 4–4 September 2015 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Hard   Chung Hyeon 5–7, 4–6
Win 5–4 October 2015 Pune, India Hard   Evgeny Donskoy 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
Win 6–4 November 2017 Pune, India Hard   Ramkumar Ramanathan 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 6–5 February 2018 Chennai, India Hard   Jordan Thompson 5–7, 6–3, 5–7
Win 7–5 April 2018 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet(i)   Ramkumar Ramanathan 6–3, 6–4

Doubles: 15 (6–9)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (0–0)
Olympic Games (0–0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP Tour 500 series (0–0)
ATP Tour 250 series (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (6–9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (6–9)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Loss 0–1 September 2010 Bangkok, Thailand Hard   Ryler DeHeart   Gong Maoxin
  Li Zhe
3–6, 4–6
Win 1–1 May 2012 Busan, South Korea Hard   Divij Sharan   Hsieh Cheng-peng
  Lee Hsin-han
1–6, 6–1, [10–5]
Loss 1–2 July 2012 Penza, Russia Hard   Divij Sharan   Konstantin Kravchuk
  Nikolaus Moser
7–6(7–5), 3–6, [7–10]
Loss 1–3 August 2012 Beijing, China Hard   Divij Sharan   Sanchai Ratiwatana
  Sonchat Ratiwatana
6–7(3–7), 6–2, [6–10]
Loss 1–4 September 2012 Shanghai, China Hard   Divij Sharan   Sanchai Ratiwatana
  Sonchat Ratiwatana
4–6, 4–6
Win 2–4 July 2013 Winnetka, USA Hard   Michael Venus   Somdev Devvarman
  Jack Sock
2–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Loss 2–5 September 2013 Kaohsiung, Taiwan Hard   Wang Chieh-fu   Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
4–6, 2–6
Win 3–5 February 2014 Chennai, India Hard   Michael Venus   Sriram Balaji
  Blaž Rola
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Win 4–5 September 2014 Shanghai, China Hard   Divij Sharan   Somdev Devvarman
  Sanam Singh
7–6(7–2), 6–7(4–7), [10–8]
Loss 4–6 October 2014 Indore, India Hard   Divij Sharan   Adrián Menéndez Maceiras
  Aleksandr Nedovyesov
6–2, 4–6, [3–10]
Win 5–6 May 2015 Karshi, Uzbekistan Hard   Adrián Menéndez Maceiras   Sergey Betov
  Mikhail Elgin
5–7, 6–3, [10–8]
Loss 5–7 August 2015 Aptos, United States Hard   Matthew Ebden   Chris Guccione
  Artem Sitak
4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 5–8 August 2015 Vancouver, Canada Hard   Michael Venus   Treat Conrad Huey
  Frederik Nielsen
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3), [5–10]
Win 6–8 February 2016 New Delhi, India Hard   Mahesh Bhupathi   Saketh Myneni
  Sanam Singh
6–3, 4–6, [10–5]
Loss 6–9 October 2017 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Hard   Divij Sharan   Hans Podlipnik-Castillo
  Andrei Vasilevski
4–6, 2–6

Singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Updated through the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A A 1R 1R Q3 1R A 0 / 3 0–3 0%
French Open A A A A A A Q2 A Q1 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Wimbledon A A A A A A Q1 A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open A A A A A Q2 Q1 A Q1 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–4 0–0 0 / 6 0–6 0%
Year-end championships
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Miami Open 1R Q1 A A Q1 A A A A 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Italian Open A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canadian Open A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 0–0 0 / 3 3–3 50%
National representation
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held A Not Held 0 / 0 0–0
Davis Cup PO A A Z1 Z1 PO PO A PO A 0 / 6 13–6 68%
Win–Loss 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 0 / 6 13–6 68%
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 1–1 0–1 4–2 2–1 4–3 2–3 0–3 8–4 4–10 0–0 26–29 47%
Year-end ranking 335 505 345 217 195 249 93 532 116 137 $913,713

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