Walking out of the outside courts at the Balewadi Stadium, his gait was assuring as he uttered, “no more singles for me”.
“I did the best I knew in my singles career and I am at peace with it. Maybe things were wrong, maybe it was bad luck, I don’t know. No regrets, there is nothing more I could have done,” Yuki, who touched a career-high singles rank of 83 in 2018, told PTI in an interaction.
Yuki said the idea to play the singles qualifying event was to earn some prize money by entering the main draw because the doubles does not offer much. But the decision to quit singles was taken long back “I (had) decided in 2019 that doubles is the way forward for me and I wanted to do it while I was still able to play a bit of singles which I did last year. I was injured. I came back in 2021 and the first 2-3 tournaments I played using Protected Ranking. Then I went to America and got COVID and I got hurt again, so the plan was always there but it got delayed,” he explained.