Yuki will have to play a lot to go up, says Ramesh Krishnan

February 6th, 2009 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Former Davis Cupper Ramesh Krishnan put Junior Australian Open champion Yuki Bhambri’s future in perspective, saying that the youngster has to play a lot of matches to make a mark in men’s tennis. “Yuki has done quite well for himself by winning the Orange Bowl and the Australian Open,” Ramesh said at a function to felicitate Yuki by his sponsors Adiddas Friday.

“I feel he just needs to strike a balance between the juniors and the men’s circuits. It has to be a trial and error method. It is for Yuki to decide what works best for him. The key is to play a lot of matches interspersed with proper rest.

“I am sure one day like his sisters who are representing the country in the Fed Cup, Yuki will play in the Davis Cup,” he said.

Ramesh, the winner of Junior Grand Slam titles at French Open and Wimbledon, said it is important for Yuki to keep up with his fellow tennis players.

“Yuki is in the top draw now. When he will graduate to the men’s tour, he will need to keep the pace with other players. It is important to keep developing one’s game and learn things quick,” said Ramesh.

Yuki,16, is confident that he will be able to make a smooth transition. He gives himself five years to get into the top rungs of the men’s tour.

“I am working on my fitness and I am aware that I need to add more strength. I have hired a nutritionist to help me,” Yuki said.

“Besides, I have a great coach with me in Aditya Sachdeva with whom I have been associated for six years. I have a great management company IMG to support, besides the government and the All India Tennis Association (AITA).”

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