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Danai ((Pik) Udomchoke Thai number one

I am a fan of Danai or better knon in Thailand as Pik the Thai number one. For a long time he was number 2 to Paradorn, and now he has quietly emerged as Thai number 1 after a long timew in Paradorn's shadow. The highlight was winning the gold medal at the last Asian Games in Doha in 2006.
Since then his ranking plummeted to below 200 but thankfully now he has started rising again.
According to the news item in Bangkok Post today, he got a wild card for Bangkok Open starting September 21:
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TOR CHITTINAND

Thailand's number one Danai Udomchoke has received a wildcard for the US$576,000 ATP Thailand Open at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani from September 21-28. Danai has steadily climbed up the ATP rankings after dropping out of the top 200 earlier this year. He is currently ranked 155th.

In the past two months he showed signs of improvement by reaching the final in two Challenger events in Canada and the semi-finals in New Delhi.http://www.bangkokpost.com/110908_Sp...08_sport22.php

Pik is a hard worker and he is now working to improve his serve and concentration, as he said in a statement on his website:
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29.08.2008
have to improve my serve..

i have to improve my serve for for thailand open because if i still serve like last 2 months then i cant win first round for thailand open for sure so from now on i have to practice hard on my serve and have to talk with the dortor for my concentration also..so i hope it will be better for thailand open kup..http://www.danaiudomchoke.net/en/index.asp
You can get more information on Pik:

http://www.danaiudomchoke.net/en/index.asp

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http://www.jirobkk.com/player_profile_pik.htm

I hope people will keep posting new information from any source in this thread. Thanks

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Re: Danai Uomchoke ( Pik)Thai number one

I've read somewhere that he went to temple for a rehab?

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I've read somewhere that he went to temple for a rehab?
Actually, he entered the monkhood as an obligation. All Thai young men after age of 20 are required to enter the monastery as monks for a period of time. It's a tradition. they can stay for 1 week or 3 months but they must do it. So, it wasn't for rehab, but as part of Thai cultural practices. Paradorn also did it.I had a thread in GM about it, let me find it and I will post the link here.

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Here is the link to the thread on Pik's monkhood

Danai Udomchoke ordained a monk last Monday for 2 weeks: photos from the ceremony

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I've seen Danai play against ferrero and nalbandian at the australian-if im correct he did beat ferrero in 5 sets.remember him to be a good player-fast and consistent baseliner.But in my opinion he needs to improve serve as rightly pointed out and play a little more intelligently like using sliced backhands or coming more towards the net.That is because he is a little smallish in size if you all dont mind.
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I've seen Danai play against ferrero and nalbandian at the australian-if im correct he did beat ferrero in 5 sets.remember him to be a good player-fast and consistent baseliner.But in my opinion he needs to improve serve as rightly pointed out and play a little more intelligently like using sliced backhands or coming more towards the net.That is because he is a little smallish in size if you all dont mind.
You are right,he is smallish compared to farang players. He acknowledged on his website his need to improve serve. I like his dedication to hard work. As I pointed out he finished his obligatory stay as a monk a few months ago, hopefully, that will improve his concentration.

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Re: Danai ((Pik) Udomchoke Thai number one

Pik got a wc for Bangkok Open but now he is in Djokovic's half of the draw and he has a tough opener with Nicolas Mahut
WC-UDOMCHOKE, Danai THA vs MAHUT, Nicolas FRA

Chok dee na Pik!! ( Good luck to Pik!!!)

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Pik is playing Nicolas Mahut today. Chok dee na Pik !!!!

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Pik lost in 3 sets At least he fought and took a set off Mahut.

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Pik lost to Mahut in 3 sets At least he fought well. Anyway I hope he has better result in doubles. He is partnering Kittipong Watchiramanowong, good luck to them.

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In doubles Pik will partner Kittipong Wachiramonowong, the up and coming Thai junior. Chok dee na to both.

3-LINDSTEDT, Robert/PETZSCHNER, Philipp SWE/GER vs WC-UDOMCHOKE, Danai/WACHIRAMANOWONG, Kittipong THA

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Re: Danai ((Pik) Udomchoke Thai number one

Aww Ah Li

Bring on the dubs, the defending champion's Ratiwatana Bros, right?

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Bring on the dubs, the defending champion's Ratiwatana Bros, right?
Thanks Ah Esther yes bring on the dubs. I made a thread for the twins and posted a youtube clip

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Danai los in doubles too

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Re: Danai ((Pik) Udomchoke Thai number one

Danai is in the qualifying round in Tokyo. Today he won his first match vs Mitsuhashi 62 75
Chok dee na Pik and hope he makes it to the main draw.

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