Tennis player Yuki Bhambri once jumped off a moving bike

  • Veenu Singh
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2016 21:58 IST
A big fan of Bollywood movies, if were not a tennis player, he would have been an actor, says Yuki Bhambri (Reuben Singh/HT)

Birthday: July 4

Hometown: Delhi

Sun sign: Cancer

School/College: DPS Mathura Road/Delhi University

First Break: Winning the Junior Australian Open in 2009, at the age of 16

High Point of Your Life: Breaking into the top 100 in international tennis rankings in 2015

Low point of your life: Injuries. They keep me away from the game.

Currently I am: Doing exciting photo shoots for performance sportswear brand Asics

If you weren’t a tennis star, what would you have been?

I would have been an actor, as I am a big Bollywood fan.

Who has been your biggest inspiration in the field of tennis?

I have grown up seeing my sisters play tennis and they have truly been an inspiration.

Who according to you, has the best forehand in your family?

My oldest sister, Ankita Bhambri, definitely.

Which international tennis player would you want to partner with?

Roger Federer. He can pretty much do anything on the court.

Who do you idolise?

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

A superhero you would want to be like.

Iron Man. He’s got all the toys, and is a world saviour. Who doesn’t want to save the world?

Which is your favourite Grand Slam?

The Australian Open.

If you woke up one day as a woman, you would...

... play women’s doubles with my sisters.

What appeals more to you — beauty or brains?

Beauty with brains.

Your favourite Bollywood star.

Shah Rukh Khan. He’s the true King Khan.

What is your sartorial style?

Simple and comfortable.

Which other sport do you like to play?

I like to play cricket.

If you had to pick between Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt, who would you choose?

Alia Bhatt, she’s very cute. Also, I think Deepika’s height would give me a complex.

The craziest thing you have ever done.

I once jumped off a moving motorbike. Needless to say, it was not a good idea.

Theme song of your life...

...Vienna, by pop singer Billy Joel.

The craziest thing a female fan has done for you.

One of them called for the longest time, and when I did not respond, she decided to show up at my doorstep.

Three things you would want with you if you were stranded on an island.

A good book, my iPod and my pair of sporty shoes.

A body part you would like to insure.

My legs for sure.

Your strategy in a crisis.

To think of the bigger picture.

One activity that you like to de-stress with.

Music is my stress-buster.

Is there anything special that you do to prepare yourself before an important match?

Pump myself up with energetic music.

Your favourite author is?

Dan Brown, I grew up reading his books

My Favourites

Cuisine: Mughlai

Film: Gladiator (2000)

Sportsperson: Sachin Tendulkar

Destination: London

Sports films: Lagaan (2001) and Chak De! India

From HT Brunch, July 3, 2016

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