Yuki Bhambri attain career best ranking as he broke back into the top-100 for the first time since February 2016 following his-title winning performance at the Taipei Challenger and acquired a career best ranking of 83, climbing 22 places. This is the best rank an Indian has achieved in ATP singles chart after Somdev Devvarma, who achieved a career-high 62 in July 2011.
Yuki had first broken into top-100 late in 2015 but injuries did not allow him to climb further. However, the volatile 25-year-old has fought his way back to top-100. If he manages to maintain the rankings, he will be allowed direct entry into the Grand Slams and the ATP 1000 series Masters event.
“It’s only the beginning, I have to move up a lot more and I am looking forward to the challenge,” Yuki told PTI.
Asked if top-50 was a realistic target for him, Yuki said, “Not at the moment. Too far.”
Yuki has always maintained that he has the game to challenge the best players and has proved with his recent big wins over world number 12 Lucas Puillee (Indian Wells, March 2018) and world number 22 Gael Monfils (Washington, August 2017).
Big serving Ramkumar Ramanathan too rose to a career-best rank of 116 as he jumped 17 places after ending runner-up to Yuki in Taipei.
Sumit Nagal lost two places to be 215 and was followed by Prajnesh Gunneswaran (266) and Arjun Kadhe (394).
In the doubles, Divij Sharan improved his career-best rank by moving up to 41st rank, a gain of one place. Leander Paes, who became the most successful doubles player in Davis Cup history, lost four places to be in 49th position.
Rohan Bopanna consolidated his position at number 19 and is the top ranked doubles player from India.
Meanwhile, Ankita Raina too improved on her career-best rank as she jumped three places to 194 while Karman Kaur Thandi dropped a place to 268.
In the doubles, out of action Sania Mirza was unchanged at number 24