Bramhi creates history

February 1, 2009 at 4:50 am (news) (, , , , )

A decade ago, when he picked a racquet for the first time at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, little did he know one day he would be standing in the middle of the Rod Laver Arena, holding aloft the junior boys crown at the Australian Open. Yuki Bhambri didn’t know he would become the first Indian to win at Melbourne Park and the fourth to bag the boys’ Grand Slam title.Incredible it may seem, but he didn’t know how long a post-match ceremony takes to get over after a final. He missed his flight.”The post-match interviews and dope-tests held us back. It was only after we checked out from the hotel did we realise we had missed the flight,” chuckled Yuki while talking to HT from Melbourne.”But no complaints. I have the trophy.
” With two sisters already playing tennis, it did not take Yuki too long to join the same academy run by the same coach – Aditya Sachdeva. “I have been working with him for many years now.We have hit the nail today,” said the coach who accompanied his ward to the tournament. With a cool head, like his name (Yuki means snowflake in Japanese), he has grown up the ranks to the top of junior tennis.His mother Indu, who chose the name, thinks her son is as special his name. “When he plays he is extremely cool.I am glad he has lived up to his name,” she adds. With the victory still to sink in, Yuki said his dream had finally come true after beating Germany’s Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas 6-3, 6-1 in just 57 minutes.”After losing in the semis last year, I was confident of doing better. As a player it’s easier to dream of winning a Grand Slam but to actually win on court on such a big stage is difficult yet very special.


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