PM Extends Congratulations to Rohan Bopanna for Australian Open Triumph
Recently, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi extended heartfelt congratulations to tennis stalwart Rohan Bopanna for his remarkable victory at the Australian Open.
Prelims Facts, Miscellaneous
- In a historic feat, 43-year-old Rohan Bopanna scripted his name in the annals of tennis history by becoming the oldest male player in the Open Era to clinch a major men’s doubles championship.
- Partnering with Matthew Ebden, Rohan Bopanna seized the Australian Open men’s doubles title, a notable achievement that marked his milestone in the sport.
- While both players have individually tasted success in grand slam events – Bopanna securing the 2017 French Open mixed doubles and Ebden claiming titles at the 2013 Australian Open mixed doubles and 2022 Wimbledon men’s doubles – their collaboration at the Australian Open culminated in their maiden triumph together, following last year’s loss in the US Open final.
- Additionally, Rohan Bopanna, who recently ascended to the summit of the ATP men’s doubles rankings, now adds the title of the oldest grand slam winner to his illustrious career.
About Rohan Bopanna:
- Born in the Coorg district of Karnataka in March 1980, Rohan Bopanna’s journey in tennis commenced at a young age. Venturing to the United States for his college education, he gradually carved his niche in the professional tennis realm.
- Renowned for his prowess in doubles tennis, Rohan Bopanna has left an indelible mark on the sport, securing victories in prestigious Grand Slam tournaments. Notably, he clinched the mixed doubles title at the 2017 French Open alongside Gabriela Dabrowski.
- Recipient of the esteemed Arjuna Award, Rohan Bopanna has been a pivotal figure in India’s Davis Cup contingent since his debut appearance in 2002. His triumph alongside Sania Mirza at the 2006 Asian Hopman Cup underscores his contribution to India’s tennis legacy.
- On the ATP Tour, Rohan Bopanna has amassed numerous accolades, demonstrating his prowess as a doubles specialist.
- His commitment to promoting and nurturing tennis talent in India is evidenced by the establishment of the Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy, which serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring young athletes, fostering the growth of tennis across the nation.