Yuki Bhambri gives up singleness and focuses only on couples
Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri has left the singles format. The 30-year-old, who has been injured for a long time, has now decided to extend her tennis career by focusing exclusively on doubles, something Sania Mirza also did a while back in the middle of her illustrious career. several years old.
At the Tata Open Maharashtra, when she failed to qualify for the singles main draw, she said, “I’ve done my best in my singles career and I’m at peace with it. Maybe these things are wrong, maybe there was bad luck, I don’t know. No regrets, I couldn’t have done more.
“It’s not because of the lack of sponsors, it’s more because of injuries. There were no sponsors, I did well in my career and was able to continue on the tour, but of course injuries were a big factor.” He said that the decision to abandon singles was made a long time ago.
“I decided doubles was the way to go for me in 2019 and I wanted to do it last year when I could play a bit of singles. I came back in 2021 and played the first 2-3 tournaments using a protected rating. Then I went to America and contracted COVID and was injured again, so the plan was still there, but it was delayed,” he explained.
“At the end of the day, the goal is to become the individual champion of the Grand Slam tournament. No one picks a tennis racket to become a Grand Slam doubles champion. I’ve been singles for as long as possible, but it’s been a lot of start-stop, start-stop for me and I didn’t want to be at a later stage in my career where it’s too late to even play doubles. and start from scratch.
“Having an injury at 33 or 35 and having to play in the Futures, I wouldn’t be able to come back because you want to play at the highest level.”
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