Fitness: the bane of Indian tennis

Fitness: the bane of Indian tennis

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Hello, India's best-ever woman tennis player, Sania Mirza, played five years on the WTA women's singles tour. She was injured every year, and needed surgery three times during those five years -- albeit while staying in the top-100 throughout, and in the top-50 for much of the time. But after 5 injury-plagued years, she chose to focus on doubles, winning six Slam titles and staying atop the world women's doubles rankings for two full years. (Not a bad outcome, I'd say, but the cause of much sarcasm from many compatriots ranging from Sanjay Manjrekar to Atithee and other skeptics here :p ). Yuki Bhambri, our best male player of the current decade, won the Australian Open junior title 8 years ago (when he was 16 and a half years old), but has not played a single 12-month period injury-free in the subsequent 8 years. The longest injury-free period of his career lasted 9 months, and ended with him ranked 88 in singles; but getting to that point had taken so much out of him that he got injured, tried to come back (for a 3 month period) and then had to spend another 6 months off the circuit. He is now 3 months into yet another comeback. His first injury-free period (about 7 months) had taken him to #174 at the end of September 2012, his next one took him to #143 in February 2014, and finally we had the longest period that took him to #88 in November 2015. The patterns show that it takes 18 months to climb back and scale a new career-high. (So this time, end-May around the time of the French Open should be when Yuki gets to a new career-high, if he can stay injury-free). For more you can check this website builder software

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