Bhambri rues lack of financial support

Updated: Jan 02, 2012, 21:50 PM IST

Chennai: Former world number one junior player Yuki Bhambri has lamented the lack of financial support to young Indian tennis players and said it`s one of the biggest drawbacks the game is witnessing in the country.

Bhambri said that players needed full-fledged trainers and coaches like the senior pros to perform well on the tour.

"Vishu (Vishnu Vardhan) nor me had the kind the support we need at this stage. You see the top guys travelling with not just the coaches but the trainers as well. It`s a luxury that one needs to in today`s game as you are playing two three hours a day and surviving on the tour playing about 50 or 60 matches in a year, you need somebody out there to help you out," said Bhambri on Monday.

"It is one of the biggest drawbacks that we have in this country. It is all cricket, which gets the support and people will notice that Vishnu and me have been doing well for ourselves without much help. I feel the financial support is totally lacking for young tennis players in India," he added.

Bhambri was speaking to the media after his 6-2, 6-3 win over higher-ranked Slovakia`s Karol Beck in the first round of the Chennai Open.

The rising Indian star was elated on making the second round of the event where he will meet top seeded Janko Tipservic of Serbia.

"I think there were some long points in between. I played couple of them together but it always happens that you miss out on few points and then you get back. I have been feeling great and I think I could have won even it had gone to third set. I would have backed myself to go out there and win the match," he said.

The 19-year-old said he came into today`s match relaxed and not under any pressure.

"There was no pressure at all in the match. I had an early break in the first set and I sort of kept pushing and I am happy to have won the match."

As for trying out more of slice shots, he said, "It is something that I have been trying to work on in bringing variations to my strokes. I think I put it to good use today, though it is not my strongest shots," he said.

Asked about his next round clash against top seed Tipservic, the Delhi boy said, "He is a great player. I have not thought much about it. I have met him last year and seen him play in tournaments and Davis Cup matches. I want the best out there in my match against him," he added.