Who is rohan boppana: Rohan Machanda Bopanna, an Indian professional tennis player, has achieved the world No. 1 ranking after winning his first major doubles title at the 2024 Australian Open with Matthew Ebden. He has a successful partnership with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, known as the IndoPak Express, and has won two major titles in doubles at the 2017 French Open mixed doubles alongside Gabriela Dabrowski.
Bopanna has also reached major finals at the 2018 and 2023 Australian Opens in mixed doubles and in the 2023 US Open men’s doubles. He has won 24 doubles titles on the ATP Tour, including five at the Masters 1000 level, and a title at the 2023 Indian Wells Masters. Bopanna has been a member of the Indian Davis Cup team since 2002 and competed at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Since he was 11, Bopanna has played tennis. His dad grows coffee plants and his mom stays at home and takes care of the kids.
Who is rohan boppana? About His Career
The 1996 India ITF Junior World Ranking Event launched Bopanna’s junior career. After beating Girish Ramchandani, he lost to Yeni Sandeep and Harsh Mankad in straight sets. Rohan’s first junior title was alongside Rohan Saikia in 1997, followed by the Arab Contractors International Junior Championships.
His junior career began in 1998-1999 when he and Bhatt Ravikiran won Indian ITF Junior Tournament 1. His early senior career was hampered by losing to top seed Paradorn Srichaphan in the final round of the Jaipur Challenger and Martin Hromec and Vladimir Platenik in the quarterfinals.
Bopanna struggled at ITF Circuit Tournaments in the 2000s, typically losing in qualifying rounds or first and second rounds. He reached the F1 Futures quarterfinals with Vijay Kannan, F2 and F3 Futures with Mikhail Chadunel, F4 Futures with Rishi Sridhar, F5 Futures with Srinath Prahlad, and Australia F6 Futures with Todd Reid.
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Bopanna lost against Todd Reid in the first round of singles and Ronald Rugimbana in the quarterfinals of doubles at the 2002 Australia F6 Futures. His highest ITF Junior Ranking was 601 on 31 December.
Bopanna won his maiden ITF futures championship at the UAE F2 Futures alongside Taiwanese partner Lu Yen-hsun in 2002. He then won the Sri Lanka F1 Futures with Vijay Kannan and India F5 Futures solo and doubles. Bopanna debuted in Davis Cup World Group qualifying against Australia but lost to Scott Draper in singles. He defeated Takao Suzuki of Japan in the 2002 Asian Games singles competition.
Bopanna’s maiden ATP Challenger Series triumph came at the 2003 Tata Open and Indonesia F1 Futures. He won two gold medals at the Afro-Asian Games with Mahesh Bhupathi and Sunil-Kumar Sipaeya.
A bicep injury sidelined Bopanna for eight weeks in 2004, missing the Chennai Open and Davis Cup match against New Zealand. He returned to India F3 Futures but lost to Chris Kwon in straight sets in the first round. A career-threatening shoulder injury that necessitated surgery kept him out for about 9 months.
Bopanna lost the Kuwait F1 Futures singles final to German Peter Mayer-Tischer and Florin Mergea after reaching numerous tournament finals, including the US $10,000 ITF Sri Lanka F1 Futures. Australian Luke Bourgeois and Romanian Horia Tecau defeated him in Australia F10 and F11 Futures semi-finals. He lost against his sometimes partner and eventual winner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi at India F7 Futures to close the year.
Bopanna defeated Yohny Romero in straight sets at the 2006 Australian Open in his Grand Slam debut. He lost his first singles match to Chung Hee-seok and his reverse singles match to Lee Hyung-taik in the Davis Cup tie against South Korea. Rohan was exited Australian F1 Futures in the first round and reached the quarterfinals alongside Luke Bourgeois.
He lost straight sets to Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi in the Davis Cup match against Pakistan, but won alongside Prakash Amritraj, Leander Paes, and Mahesh Bhupathi. Toshihide Matsui and Viktor Troicki defeated him in straight sets in the second rounds at Chikmagalur and Dharwad Challenger. The first round main draw match against world no.1 Roger Federer ended in straight sets 7-6(7-4),6-2.
At Wimbledon, Bopanna overcame Tomáš Cakl in the first round but lost to Robert Kendrick in the second round. In men’s doubles qualification, he and Johan Landsberg fell to Irakli Labadze and Dušan Vemić in the first round. He revenged his Aptos Challenger first-round loss to Rajeev Ram by defeating Ram and Todd Widom in the doubles final with Prakash Amritraj.
In the Bukhara Challenger main draw, he reached the final alongside Janko Tipsarević and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. Wildcarded, he lost to Wesley Moodie in the Mumbai Open finals.
Bopanna and Sania Mirza won the Asian Hopman Cup, qualifying for 2007. He played in the 2006 Asian Games, losing to Sun Peng in singles and Mustafa Ghouse in doubles. He concluded the season at the India F3 Futures Tournament, where he reached the singles and doubles finals as the top seed.
Rohan Bopanna achieved a breakthrough in tennis in 2007, winning five challenger titles and reaching 11 finals. India won four Challenger titles with him and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. In the 2007 Hopman Cup, Bopanna helped Sania Mirza beat the Czech Republic 2–1. He defeated Dmitriy Makeyev in straight sets and Leander Paes in doubles in the Davis Cup encounter against Kazakhstan.
Bopanna won his first ATP championship at the St. Petersburg Open of 2008, winning the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles in men’s doubles. He lost in the main draw of the 2009 Chennai Open after qualifying. Bopanna and Qureshi reached the Chennai Open quarterfinals and won their second ATP doubles title in 2010. They reached the Nice Open and Grand Prix Hassan II finals in Casablanca, Morocco.
Bopanna and Qureshi reached their first Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2010, defeating the American pair and the Bryan brothers. They also helped India beat Brazil in the 2010 Davis Cup, returning to the World Group for the first time since 1998.
Later in his Career
Bopanna debuted in doubles’ top 10 in 2011.
Bopanna and Qureshi lost in the quarterfinals of the Chennai Open against Robin Haase and David Martin in 2011. The pair reached the Medibank International Sydney semifinals and the Australian Open third round. Bopanna and Somdev Devvarman lost the 2011 Davis Cup in Serbia in the fifth set in singles and doubles. Bopanna and Qureshi reached French, Gerry Weber, and US Open quarterfinals. The 2011 ATP World Tour Finals in London saw them lose to Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in the first round.
Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi won their first title in Dubai in 2012. They and Bhupathi qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in Men’s Doubles. Paris Masters champions and 2012 ATP World Tour Finals finalists.
Bopanna and Bhupathi played separately for the first three months of 2013, but reunited at the Monte-Carlo Masters. They reached the November Madrid Masters final. Bopanna won his first Grand Slam mixed-doubles title partnering Nedunchezhiyan at the Chennai Open in 2017. He reached his second Masters final of the season at Rogers Cup and won his fourth Masters championship with Pablo Cuevas at Monte-Carlo.
Bopanna won the Marahashtra Open with Divij Sharan in 2019, the Qatar Open with Wesley Koolhof, and the US Open quarterfinals with Denis Shapovalov in 2020.
Seven years after his last collaboration, Bopanna and Qureshi reunited to singles and doubles in 2021. He reached the 2021 Madrid Open and Kremlin Cup quarterfinals, but lost to Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the Shenzhen Open first round. Bopanna teamed up with Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who had reached the Indian Wells Masters quarterfinals.
Bopanna won three additional victories in 2022, including a French Open semifinal and a top-20 return. His maiden clay court semifinal appearance was with Jamie Murray and Matwe Middelkoop at the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters. After reaching the 2022 Hamburg Open and Washington Open finals, he missed the 2022 Wimbledon Championships due to no points.
Bopanna reached the Stuttgart Open and Queen’s Club Championships semifinals on grass, although he boycotted Wimbledon in 2022. He and Matthew Ebden became the oldest ATP Masters champions at 43 in July. After the 2023 Mutua Madrid Open final, he reached the Wimbledon semifinals and US Open finals, returning to the top 10.
Bopanna and Ebden lost the 2024 Adelaide International final to Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. They reached the 2024 Australian Open third round and became the oldest first-time world No. 1 at 43. Bopanna and Ebden earned their first Australian Open final by defeating Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori in straight sets.
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For his efforts in bridging political barriers through sports, Rohan Bopanna was nominated in 2010 as a Champion for Peace by Monaco-based organization, Peace and Sport
Recognized globally for their campaign “Stop War Start Tennis”, Bopanna was awarded the renowned Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award in 2010, along with Qureshi. The duo were also voted winners of the Peace and Sport’s Image of the Year award by their fans. He was also awarded the Ekalavya Award by the Government of Karnataka in 2005 for his achievements on court.
He was a recipient of the Arjuna Award, the second highest sporting honour of India in 2019. His name was announced among the awardees of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, for the year 2024.
Rohan, married to Supriya Annaiah, lives in Bangalore and co-owns a successful restaurant. He loves grass-court tennis, especially Wimbledon and Stefan Edberg.