Yuki Bhambri pulls out of junior French Open

May 26th, 2009 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Junior Australian Open champion Yuki Bhambri has pulled out of the French Open due to a sprained right ankle.
Yuki, who in January became the first Indian to win a junior Grand Slam in Melbourne Park, twisted his ankle while playing the doubles quarter-finals of the Kuwait Futures last week. He was to play another week at Kuwait before heading to Roland Garros for the junior French Open, but has decided against it.

The 16-year-old plans to leave for Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, where he trains regularly, in June.

‘I came back home to see how my ankle responds. But I don’t think I will play singles as of now. The ankle keeps getting swollen and I need to regularly ice it,” Yuki said on the sidelines of the women’s International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament here Tuesday, where his sisters, Ankita and Sanaa are playing.

“I will be leaving for Bollettieri around June 10, where I will train for two weeks. After that I plan to play two Futures tournaments here before leaving for Wimbledon.”

Yuki, after Ramanathan Krishan, his son Ramesh Krishnan and Leander Paes, became the fourth Indian to win a junior Grand Slam.

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