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Yuki's homecoming marked by media frenzy

It was a momentous occasion for the Bhambris, as their son Yuki returned home with the junior Australian Open trophy. But a frenzied media crew added a bitter drop to a decorated reception at the IGIA.

sports Updated: Feb 03, 2009 05:51 IST

It was a momentous occasion for the Bhambris, as their son Yuki on Monday returned home with the junior Australian Open trophy. But a frenzied media crew added a bitter drop to a decorated reception at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Yuki, who Saturday became the first Indian to win the junior Australian Open, looked bewildered on seeing a score of jostling mediapersons, mostly television crew, literally pounce on him for bytes and pictures.

As the blaring drum beats reached a crescendo to further liven up the atmosphere, a garlanded Yuki needed to be hushed in a car to escape a near stampede.

"I don't even know where Yuki's luggage has gone," said his father, Chander Bhambri.

At the airport, there was also a group of young tennis players from Ryan International School who train at Mahesh Bhupathi's Tennis Academies (MBTA), holding Indian flags and banner that read "Congratulations Yuki."

The area head coach of the academy, Sunil Goswami, said they brought the kids to witness the young champion and to inspire them to follow his footsteps.

Juhi,6, and part of the academy's mini tennis programme was keenly waiting to meet Yuki.

But,alas, her trip like her friends, was spoiled by an overenthusiastic electronic media that once again presented itself in a poor light.