India’s teen sensation Yuki Bhambri has entered the Australian Open men’s qualifiers and he takes on Czech Jan Minar in the first round of his maiden Grand Slam event here Wednesday.
As a junior Australian Open champion last year, Yuki, 17, is entitled to a wild card entry in the qualifying rounds this year, but he made the cut on his own with his improved ranking of 330.
Minar, who is 11 years Yuki’s senior, is ranked 245.
Also in the qualifying race is India’s No.1 Somdev Devvarman, who is seeded 27th in the draw. Somdev opens against 17-year-old Australian James Duckworth.
US-based Indian Prakash Amritraj, ranked 200 on the ATP charts, plays in the first round German Andre Begemann, ranked 231.
Australian Open begins Monday at Melbourne Park.