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Verve People
October 13, 2012

Sporting Ace

Text by Nasrin Modak. Photograph by Anand Gogoi.

Winning is the only thing for Yuki Bhambri, India’s new face in the Davis Cup

Somewhere through the trips made to the neighbouring tennis court to watch his sisters play, Yuki Bhamri fell in love with game. He was six when he first held a racquet and at 20, he displayed immaculate maturity at the recently concluded Davis Cup. “It was my parents’ way of preventing us from watching television. I thank them for it now.”

His game philosophy is to “keep it simple, be competitive, work on my strengths and perform my best. I spend a lot of time planning my strategy according to the opponent”.

Yuki wants to explore London as his “busy schedule doesn’t permit sightseeing. That’s what I want to do when I am there and watch a match at the Manchester United Stadium, cheering for Man-U.”

The Delhi lad grew up on a dose of Harry Potter and Dan Brown novels. “Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of autobiographies, especially by sportsmen”. In his free time, he goes out for family picnics and outings or listens to music on his iPod Touch. While he is too young to think about what’s next, he knows that “when all the glitter is gone, I’ll still be associated with tennis in some form”.

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