Renowned doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna is eyeing another historic triumph as he seeks to add the Wimbledon doubles title to his illustrious resume.
The 43-year-old recently made headlines as the oldest men’s doubles winner at the Australian Open alongside partner Matthew Ebden, solidifying his status as the oldest tennis world number one.
Having reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2023, Bopanna is determined to surpass that achievement this year.
In an exclusive interview with BBC World Service Sport, he shared that Wimbledon held a special place in his heart, recalling that it was the only Grand Slam televised during his formative years in India.
Bopanna’s journey to his first doubles Grand Slam title was a testament to perseverance, requiring 61 attempts with 19 different partners.
The breakthrough moment occurred at the Australian Open when he and Ebden defeated Italians Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori 7-6 (7-0) 7-5 in the final.
Bopanna revealed that a “nice nap” helped calm his nerves before the crucial match.
Teaming up with Ebden at the beginning of 2023, Bopanna has since etched his name in the record books, becoming the oldest Masters champion, the oldest finalist at a Grand Slam, and the oldest player to secure a victory at the ATP Finals.
With Wimbledon on the horizon, Bopanna is poised to script another chapter in his remarkable tennis journey.