On Wednesday, January 24, Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna made history by becoming the oldest player to hold the top spot in the world rankings for men’s doubles.
Bopanna and his Australian partner Mathew Ebden advanced to the men’s doubles semifinals in Melbourne, ensuring that Bopanna, at 43, would finish at the top of the rankings at the end of the Australian Open.
With his advancing years, Rohan Bopanna is getting even more skilled. He started the Australian Open ranked No. 3, a career high, and will undoubtedly take the top spot when the rankings are revised the following week. One of Rohan Bopanna’s most productive partners, Mathew Ebden, is certain to move up to the No. 2 slot in the men’s doubles rankings.
Following their victory over 6th seeds Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni in the men’s doubles quarterfinal of the Australian Open on Wednesday, Rohan Bopanna and Mathew Ebden announced their elevation in the ATP Rankings. The doubles match between Bopanna and Ebden started on Court 3, but after three games, it had to be relocated to the larger Margaret Court Arena because of problems with the quality of the court. Bubbles were seen on Court 3, which caused uneven bounce.
Bopanna, who is vying for his first men’s doubles Grand Slam title, made it to the Australian Open semifinals for the first time with an incredible alliance with Ebden.