Yuki should strive for greater heights: Ramesh Krishnan

January 31st, 2009 - 4:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Jan 31 (IANS) Former Davis Cup captain Ramesh Krishnan Saturday hailed Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri for winning the junior Australian Open title and wanted him to strive for greater heights.”A player should not rest on his achievements but strive to improve,” Ramesh told IANS, reacting to the 16-year-old Delhi youngster’s success.

“Obviously, it is a fantastic achievement to win a Grand Slam junior title and a very exciting development in Indian tennis. Yuki must now put in more effort to improve and one should not rest on achievements.”

Ramesh, who won the two junior Grand Slam titles at the age of 18 and went on to achieve a career-best ATP ranking of 23 four years later, said that Yuki definitely has the potential.

“At the end of the day, the results speak for themselves. As to how far he could go one cannot say, because it all depends on a lot of factors like the support he receives and the effort he puts in,” he commented.

“Ultimately, it is a team effort. Your parents’ support and the sacrifices they make and various other factors that come into play will influence your career. It is a team effort. You cannot put a finger on a specific aspect,” Ramesh said.

On Yuki’s prospects, Ramesh said: “The learning curve is getting shorter and time goes by quickly. He has to fine tune his game and keep improving. I don’t think anyone can say how far he can go, but he has to maximise his potential.”

Meanwhile, C.G.K. Bhupathi, father of world’s leading doubles player Mahesh, heaped praise on Yuki, saying: “Yuki is not just ordinary talent, but a brilliant talent. In 2003, I had sent a report to Nike and a copy to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) requesting them to adopt him.”

Speaking to IANS, the senior Bhupathi, who runs a tennis academy in Bangalore, felt that Yuki has tremendous potential. “He has a great tennis mind, a good volley and a good swing, and he knows where to hit the ball. One hopes to see beautiful tennis flowing from his racquet. A lot would depend on how his talent is nurtured,” he said.

While admitting that historically, Indians are known to mature late, Bhupathi said: “It is true that we tend to mature a bit late, but that is because we start preparing physically only after we achieve some success. He will have to put in more effort and show greater intensity.”

Bhupathi felt that Indians “prepare for exams without first learning the syllabus” and hence end up being late bloomers.

He dubbed Yuki as a “great package that we now have to carefully unwrap”.

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