Rohan Bopanna’s top achievements in 2023
The legend won two ATP Tour titles this year.
The 43-year-old Indian tennis player, Rohan Bopanna, has displayed exceptional performances throughout the current calendar year. Despite reaching an age during which many individuals retire from competitive sports and pursue coaching or other endeavors, Rohan is establishing a benchmark for aspiring talents in India. His consistent accomplishments serve as an inspiration for budding athletes.
He won two ATP Tour titles this year – Indian Wells and Qatar Open along with his partner Matthew Ebden and clinched the mixed doubles gold medal at Asian Games 2023 partnering Rutuja Bhosale.
In this article we will take a look back at what Rohan Bopanna has achieved in 2023:
Qatar Open – Winner
Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden, won their inaugural ATP tour title when they emerged triumphant in the final of the Qatar Open in Doha. They overcame Constant Lestienne and Botic van de Zandschulp with a final score of 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-6. This victory marked Bopanna’s first title for the year.
Indian Wells – Winner
Rohan Bopanna attained the esteemed title of being the oldest ATP Masters 1000 champion at the age of 43, upon emerging victorious in the men’s doubles final at Indian Wells.
The Indo-Australian duo, triumphed over the top-ranked Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Neal Skupski of Britain, with a scoreline of 6-3, 2-6, 10-8. This remarkable achievement marked their second title together.
Asian Games – Gold Medal
Rohan Bopanna alongside Rutuja Bhonsale, 27, defeated Tsung-hao Huang and Liang En-shuo of Chinese Taipei 2-6, 6-3, 10-4 in the final of Asian Games 2023 to clinch the gold medal in the mixed doubles event.
The win marked Bopanna’s second gold medal at Asian Games, as he had won gold in 2018 edition in the men’s doubles event. However, he couldn’t progress beyond the pre-quarterfinals partnering Yuki Bhambri in the men’s doubles category.
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Australian Open – Runner-up
The concluding match of the mixed doubles category at the Australian Open 2023 marked a momentous occasion for India. Rohan Bopanna, accompanied by the illustrious Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza, successfully advanced to the final of this prestigious tournament.
This was Sania Mirza’s last Grand Slam event in her career. With the aspiration to secure her seventh Grand Slam, Sania, alongside Bopanna, confronted the Brazilian duo of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Mataos. Regrettably, the Indian pair had to accept the position of runners-up after a defeat in straight sets, with a scoreline of 7(7)-6(2), 6-2.
US Open – Runner-up
In the US Open 2023, Rohan Bopanna, along with Mathew Ebden, advanced to the final showdown. However, they were unable to secure the title, as Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury emerged victorious with a scoreline of 6-2, 3-6, 4-6.
At the age of 43 years and six months, the Indian star achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the oldest player in the Open Era to reach the final of a Grand Slam in men’s doubles event.
Madrid Open, Shanghai Masters, Paris Masters – Runner-up
The Indo-Australian pair achieved notable feats by reaching the finals of three Masters 1000 tournaments, namely the Madrid Open, Shanghai Masters, and Paris Masters. However, despite their commendable performance, they faced defeat in the finals and had to settle for the runner-up position in each of these events.
ATP Finals – Semifinal
Rohan Bopanna made it to the ATP Finals for the fourth time in his career having already appeared in – 2011, 2012 and 2015. The experienced duo reached the semifinals but unfortunately were defeated by Marcel Granollers from Spain and Horacio Zeballos from Argentina with a score of 7-6, 6-4. This marked an successful end to the season as the pair won 40 matches in their inaugural season.
ATP Doubles Ranking
In the recently released rankings, Bopanna rose to career-joint high WR-3 in the ATP men’s doubles category. He previously attained this accomplishment in 2013, following his journey to the semifinals at Wimbledon Championships. He also achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the only second Indian to reach the four ATP Masters 1000 finals in a single season.
Road to Paris Olympics
The talented tennis player from India is poised to become a valuable asset for the country at the Paris Olympics 2024. Given his outstanding performance this season, there is a great deal of optimism surrounding his ability to secure a medal at the world’s premier sporting event. The top 10 players in the doubles during the cut-off date automatically qualify for Paris and have the chance to choose their respective partners ranked inside top 300.