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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby sameerph » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:10 pm

Yuki is now ranked 307 this week. Getting close to be able to get into challenger main draws without using PR.

In April-May, lots of challengers in Asia for him ( & other Indians - RamK, Prajnesh, Saketh if fit to chose for) This will be his likely schedule now on -

March 20 - $50K(+H) Quanzhou challenger
March 27 - Week off
April 3 - Davis cup
April 10 - Week off
April 17 - $125K(+H) Taipei challenger or $125K Quiangdo Challenger, China (Clay)
April 24 - $150K(+H) Challenger, Anning ( China)
May 1 - Week off or $50K(+H) Gimcheon Challenger, Korea
May 8- $100K(+H) Seoul Challenger, Korea or $75K Karshi (+H) Challenger,Uzbekistan
May 15- $150K(+H) Busan Challenger, Korea or $75K(+H) Samarkand challenger, Uzbekistan
May 22- Roland Garros qualies.

Knowing Yuki's past preferences, he is likely to go Taipei/ China challenger then a week off and then 2 challenger in Uzbekistan followed by French open qualies. On the other hand, it won't be a bad idea for Yuki to skip Uzbekistan and go for big Korea challengers. However, he would then be going in cold for French open qualies without any practice on clay.

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby arjun2761 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:36 pm

IIRC, Yuki has used up 3 of his PR's (#137) thus far or maybe 4 if his Quanghou entry was not based on SE. Since his actual ranking is entering challenger direct entry range, he should probably use his remaining 5/6 PRs for the higher level challengers Sameer lists and Roland Garros (and Wimbledon if it's within the time range).

BTW, Yuki is ranked #103 in the current ATP race rankings and is the highest Indian in that ranking.

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby PKBasu » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:56 pm

The two weeks in China (or possibly one in Taiwan) should be rich enough points-wise for Yuki to not need to use his PR for the subsequent two Challengers (Korea/Uzbekistan). If he has done well enough in the first two weeks, he should stay in Korea and gather up the bigger points. If his ranking is still only around (or worse than) 200 after those two weeks, it would make sense to move to Uzbekistan (where it should be easier to get into the main draws, while also getting better-prepared for FO qualifiers). So if I were him, I would initially enter both Korea and Uzbekistan Challengers, and decide between them closer to the time.

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby sameerph » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:52 pm

But, one is not allowed to do so. He has to make a decision one way or the other at least 3 week before the start date. First of the Korea challengers begins on 1st May. So, Yuki will have to decide by 10th April on if he is going to play there or at least by 17th April when second week of Korea challenger and first week of Uzbek challenger entry list closes.

I think he will get into Uzbek challengers with his current ranking but not the big Korean challengers. He has used 4 of his PR's as of now - AO qualies and these 3 China challengers (eventually it turned out that he wasted 2 of those PR's as he would have got in as SE in last 2 weeks ).

He has 5 PR left which will be available for use till 26th June( 9 months after he first played on 26th September). I guess in that case, Yuki will not be eligible to use his PR for Wimbledone qualies which start in the week starting June 26.

In that case, he will have to decide if he wants to save a couple of his PR's for grass challenger prior to Wilmbledon qualies or use them up for Korea challengers.

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby sameerph » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:36 am

Surprisingly Yuki is not in the entry lists of both Taiwan and China challengers in the week of April 17. In fact he would have been just 2 out from main draw of Taiwan challenger with his current rankings of 307 and would have made it in. Not sure what his plans are.

RamK is in the main draw at Taiwan and Prajnesh is just 4 out.

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby PKBasu » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:06 am

:damn:

Unless Yuki has a wildcard into some ATP tournament (we can dream!).

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby sameerph » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:20 pm

The only ATP tour event in that week is Monte Carlo masters and I do not see Yuki getting wild card there.

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby prashanthm » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:27 pm

sameerph wrote:The only ATP tour event in that week is Monte Carlo masters and I do not see Yuki getting wild card there.


Yuki will probably gamble and play qualies at the Monte Carlo Masters...

Team Yuki continues to baffle us....... :damn:

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby sameerph » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:49 pm

Monte Carlo masters qualies list is out too and he is not in their either. In fact his PR too would not have been enough to make qualies draw there. :p

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby PKBasu » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:08 pm

Or maybe he has been promised a wildcard in Taiwan, given his success in that country over the years. Quite possible, actually.

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby sameerph » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:18 pm

Yes, that is possible but if he was more or less sure of getting in on his current ranking why would organisers need to give him a wild card ? Anyway, he would have entered with his current ranking and if he would not have got in, he could have been given a wild card. Therefore, I do think that is the scenario here but lets see.

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby vatsal323 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:53 pm

The WC scenario has just 1% chance of being true IMO! I guess either he has niggle, or a corporate tournament commitment(ONGC), or he's training that week, or he's just resting!

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby arjun2761 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:27 am

Hope Yuki is playing the Davis Cup since he doesn't appear to playing anywhere else in the couple of weeks after. Otherwise, it would suggest an injury of some sort...

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby sameerph » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:50 am

It does not appear to be any fitness issue based on this article published today -

Yuki Bhambri comes out in support of Bhupathi

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Re: Yuki Bhambri

Postby arjun2761 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:49 pm

Good to see that he does not appear to be injured physically. :D
However, mentally there doesn't seem to be much logic in what he says at least as quoted. He seems to imply is that by having 4 singles players, no has to play all 3 days. Of course, if you have a specialist doubles team then no one plays all 3 days. He seems to recognize that beating Istomin is a tall order and but seems to imply that is India's best chance rather than the doubles being best hope for the 3rd point. Unless there are fitness issues with him or RamK (and hence the need for additional last-minute singles options), this team selection does not make much sense.


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