Yuki is the new kid on the Indian Tennis Courts this year. Currently ranked No. 5 in the World (juniors) in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings, he will be seen this year competing for every young Indian's dream - Wimbledon.
He started tennis at the early age of six, and his steadfast determination has helped him win several tournaments across the world. Some prestigious titles that he has won include: Asian Juniors Championship at Bangkok, Asian Championship at Colombo, National Series (Under 14), National Championship (Under 16) at Delhi, Nike Juniors at Delhi and Adidas Nationals at Chennai.Success came at a young age for Yuki, in 2005 at the age of 12, he was a part of the Indian Team that came 7th in the World Youth Quarter Finals at Melbourne and in 2006 he was named the player of the month (November) by the Asian Tennis Federation.
Each of his achievements goes on to show the credibility and potential he possesses to become India's next Ramanathan Krishnan. Within a year's time, his ranking jumped from No. 142 (2007) to No.5 (2008). In 2007 he was ranked No.1 (under 16) and No.3 (under 18) according to the AITA rankings (Indian National Rankings). The same year he was crowned the Asia-Oceania Junior Tennis Champion, in both singles and doubles.
Yuki began 2008 on a high note, reaching the semi-finals of the Australian open where he lost to the eventual winner and current No.2 Bernard Tomic of Australia. When asked about his experience at the Australian Open Yuki said, "It was a great experience to play on the show courts in front of a big crowd. At the start, I was taking it one match at a time. When I reached the semi-finals, I started thinking that I would go all the way. From that view point, I was a bit disappointed. Otherwise, I am happy with my Effort"
However as the year progressed Yuki made a poor outing on clay, making a second round exit from the Belgian International Junior Championship (Beaten by Serb Llija Vucic). He also lost in the first round of the French Open to French player Guillaune Rufin.
Despite his recent run of form, Yuki seems a promising contender as he braces himself to enter Wimbledon. He is highly satisfied with his preparation for the Wimbledon grass court tennis championships and is confident of doing well at the third Grand Slam event of the year. In Yuki's own words "I am happy the way I have trained for the Wimbledon. I had enough time to prepare, so I am confident of a good showing, I should at least make it to the quarterfinals."
Post authoring this article (June 2008), we've had the pleasure of following Yuki's career growÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â from strength to strength.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Do read more about his exploits at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Oct 2008 and at the Australian Open in Jan 2009. He has since also risen to No.1 in the World Junior rankings and is likely to turn pro later this year.