Early Life of Rohan Bopanna
Rohan Bopanna was born on 4th March in the year 1980. Rohan Bopanna started playing tennis at the age 11. It was because his father wanted him to pursue an individual sports. He did enjoy other games like Hockey and Football, but by the time he turned 19, tennis became his main priority. His father, M. G. Bopanna, is a coffee planter, and his mother, Malika Bopanna, is a home maker.
Early Career of Rohan Bopanna
As she started his game at the age of 11, Rohan Bopanna emerged as one of the most formidable player of Indian singles and doubles tennis and he reached his career high doubles rankings on 22nd July 2013 when he was ranked World No. 3 in the ATP Rankings. He reached his career-high singles ranking of world no. 213 on 23rd July 2007. Bopanna partnered with Qureshi in doubles in the year 2007. He is well-known himself as a doubles player at the 2007 Hopman Cup. The first ATP doubles title came to Rohan Bopanna in the 2008 Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles with Eric Butorac. Rohan Bopanna lost his first singles match, but helped clinch a 2-1 victory with Sania Mirza over the Czech Republic in the final and decisive mixed doubles match. In their second confrontation against Croatia, the scenario was repeated, with Sania Mirza winning her singles match while Rohan Bopanna lost. Together they defeated the Croats in mixed doubles to end up with four points out of three matches.
Later Career of Rohan Bopanna
Rohan Bopanna won the men's doubles title at the 2008 Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles with partner Eric Butorac. Rohan Bopanna started in the year 2009 fairly well by qualifying for the Chennai Open, but lost in the first round of the main draw. In February, Rohan Bopanna made it to the final of the SAP Open in San Jose, partnering with Jarkko Nieminen. Rohan Bopanna started the year on a high, reaching the quarterfinal of the Chennai Open partnering Mahesh Bhupathi. In June, Rohan Bopanna and Qureshi made it to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event for the first time in their careers at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.
Partnership of Rohan Bopanna and Qureshi
Rohan Bopanna and Qureshi achieved another finals finish at the Atlanta Open. They beat the world no. 1 pair of the Bryan brothers, 7-6, 7-5, in the quarterfinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. They lost their semi final match to Mardy Fish and Mark Knowles. They then reached the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale and the St. Petersburg Open.
Rohan Bopanna in US Open 2010
At the 2010 US Open, Rohan Bopanna reached the finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Rohan Bopanna and Qureshi were seeded 16th and beat the American team of Brian Battistone and Ryler DeHeart, 6-3, 7-6. In the second round, they eliminated Kohlmann and Jarkko Nieminen, 6-4, 6-4. In the third round, the pair upset the second seeds Daniel Nestor and Zimonjic, 6-3, 6-4. In a highly entertaining quarterfinal, the big serves of Rohan Bopanna made a difference as they knocked out Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman, 7-5, 7-6. In their first semi-final appearance, the duo defeated the Argentine pair of Schwank and Zeballos, 7-6, 6-4. The big-serving of Rohan Bopanna was spot-on again, as he accumulated one ace after another. Rohan Bopanna even pounded an overhead over his shoulder, while retrieving a lob to force an error, causing the commentator Pam Shriver to compare it to Roger Federer's between-the-legs winners against Novak Djokovic and Brian Dabul.
Rohan Bopanna in Davis Cup
Rohan Bopanna played a crucial role in triumph of India at the Davis Cup in Chennai against Brazil. Bopanna won the decider against Rocardo Mello, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to clinch the tie 3-2 and take India into the World Group for the first time in 19 years. Rohan Bopanna finished the 2010 season as world no. 8 in doubles.
Rohan Bopanna in Chennai Open
Bopanna began the 2011 season with Qureshi at the Chennai Open in early January. With the IndoPak Express and the re-united Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes on opposite sides of the draw, there were hopes for a dream final. However, Bopanna and Qureshi lost in the quarterfinal to eventual finalists Robin Haase and David Martin 4-6, 5-7.
Rohan Bopanna in Davis Cup
At the 2011 Davis Cup in Serbia, Rohan Bopanna played in singles and doubles with Somdev Devvarman after Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi pulled out of the tournament due to injuries.
Rohan Bopanna with Mahesh Bhupati
In the year 2012, Rohan Bopanna played with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi. They were seeded fourth at the 2012 Australian Open, but only made it to the third round. He and Bhupathi won their first title together at Dubai. Rohan Bopanna has been selected to participate in the 2012 London Olympics in the Men's Doubles category partnering Mahesh Bhupathi.
Personal life of Rohan Bopanna
Rohan Bopanna resides in Bengaluru. A grass-court enthusiast, his favourite tournament is Wimbledon, and his favourite player is Stefan Edberg. His hobbies include golf, adventure sports and watching Bollywood movies. Rohan Bopanna is a fan of the Manchester United Football Club. He is married to Supriya Annaiah.
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