|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2008)|
Rohan Bopanna at the 2013 French Open
|Born||4 March 1980|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Highest ranking||No. 213 (23 July 2007)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q2 (2006, 2007, 2008)|
|French Open||Q1 (2006)|
|US Open||Q2 (2007)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (22 July 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 17 (16 June 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2008, 2011, 2012, 2014)|
|French Open||QF (2011)|
|US Open||F (2010)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2013, 2014)|
|US Open||2R (2012)|
|Last updated on: 17 June 2014.|
Rohan Bopanna (Kannada: ರೋಹನ್ ಬೋಪಣ್ಣ) (born 4 March 1980) is an Indian professional tennis player. His singles career high ranking was World No. 213 in 2007 and his career high ranking in doubles was World No. 3 on 22 July 2013. Recently, most of his appearances in professional tournaments have been in doubles matches. He is a member of the Indian Davis Cup team since 2002. In 2010, he finished as a runner-up in doubles at the US Open, partnering with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.
He is currently ranked 17th in the world in the doubles rankings. Bopanna started playing tennis at age 11. He reached his career high doubles rankings on 22 July 2013 when he was ranked World No. 3 in the ATP Rankings. He reached his career-high singles rankings of world no. 213 on 23 July 2007. Bopanna partnered with Qureshi in doubles in 2007. The duo, nicknamed the IndoPak Express, went on to win four Challenger titles in quick succession. However, it was only in the 2010 season that the pair broke into the top 10 doubles teams. That year, they reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, finished runners-up in the US Open and in five ATP Tour events, and won the Johannesburg Open. Bopanna also played a decisive role in India's 2010 Davis Cup triumph over Brazil, taking India back to the World Group for the first time since 1998.
- 1 Early life
- 2 2007
- 3 2008
- 4 2009
- 5 2010
- 6 2011
- 7 2012
- 8 2013
- 9 Awards
- 10 Charity
- 11 Personal life
- 12 Significant finals
- 13 ATP career finals
- 14 Doubles performance timeline
- 15 Partnerships
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Rohan began playing tennis at the age of 11 because his father wanted him to pursue an individual sport. 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 housewife. Both his parents are ardent supporters of Rohan's career. They live in Coorg, which is a four-hour drive from Bangalore. He has an elder sister who lives in Mumbai. Growing up, Rohan idolized and was greatly influenced by Stefan Edberg. He made his Davis Cup debut for India versus Australia in September 2002 and turned pro in 2003.
Bopanna distinguished himself as one of India's finest doubles players at the 2007 Hopman Cup. 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 Mirza winning her singles match while Bopanna lost. Together they defeated the Croats in mixed doubles to end up with four points out of three matches. India lost to Spain to finish runners-up in Group B, with Mirza and Bopanna losing both their singles matches, but winning in mixed doubles.
Rohan started 2009 fairly well by qualifying for the Chennai Open, but lost in the first round of the main draw. In February, he 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 February, with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, Bopanna won his second, and the duo's first, ATP doubles title, beating Karol Beck and Harel Levy in the final of the Johannesburg Open, 2–6, 6–3, 10–5. The duo reached the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco. They reached the final of the Nice Open, before losing to the Brazilian pair of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.
In June, 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.
After a successful Wimbledon, 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 semifinal match to Mardy Fish and Mark Knowles. They then reached the finals of the New Haven Open at Yale and the St. Petersburg Open.
At the 2010 US Open, Bopanna reached the finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. 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, Bopanna's big serves made a difference as they knocked out Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman, 7-5, 7-6. In their first semifinal appearance, the duo defeated the Argentine pair of Schwank and Zeballos, 7-6, 6-4. The big-serving Bopanna was spot-on again, as he accumulated one ace after another. 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. The ambassadors of India and Pakistan to the US supported the duo at the finals. The pair took on the world no. 1 and top-seeded Bryan brothers. The pair lost the final in two closely fought sets, 6-7, 6-7. Bopanna was exceptional on serve and conjured some high-intensity aces.
Bopanna played a crucial role in India's triumph 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.
Bopanna finished the 2010 season as world no. 8 in doubles.
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.
The duo finished in the semifinals at the Medibank International in Sydney. They exited the 2011 Australian Open in the third round.
At the 2011 Davis Cup in Serbia, Bopanna played in singles and doubles with Somdev Devvarman after Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi pulled out of the tournament due to injuries. Bopanna had many Serbian fans applauding his impressive winners, but having clawed his way back into the match after falling two sets behind, he lost the match in the fifth set, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6. This match enabled Bopanna to qualify for the singles ties to make it to the main draw of the 2011 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Bopanna defeated Canada's Peter Polansky in a close encounter, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5, before outplaying Germany's Daniel Brands in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6, to secure his spot in the top draw. Bopanna upset higher-ranked opponents on the hard courts of the ATP Masters 1000 event.
With Qureshi, he reached the quarterfinals of 2011 French Open. The duo won the Gerry Weber Open and exited in the semifinals of the 2011 US Open. They won the Stockholm Open against Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares, 6-1, 6-3. They reached the quarterfinals in Vienna and Valencia and won in Bercy against Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut, 6-2, 6-4.
In 2012, 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.
Bopanna has been selected to participate in the 2012 London Olympics in the Men's Doubles category partnering Mahesh Bhupathi.
On 6 November 2012, Boppana and Bhupathi lost the opening match of ATP Tour finals against Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen but made it to semi-finals after defeating Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor.
Bopanna and Bhupathi played with different partners for the first three months of 2013, but rejoined forces starting with the Monte Carlo Masters.
Rohan partnered Eduard Roger Vasselin in Wimbledon in 2013 and reached the semifinals before bowing out of the competition in a hard-fought match that ended in five sets against the Bryan brothers.
After the team's run at Wimbledon in 2013, Rohan reached his career best ranking of world no. 3 in doubles on 22 July 2013 and was also the first time ranked as the highest Indian on the rankings table.
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.
Rohan Bopanna donates part of the profits generated by sales of ‘Stop War Start Tennis’ merchandise to GoSports Foundation – a not for profit organisation that works towards empowering sporting excellence in India. In his hometown Coorg, he works towards generating funds for an Opportunity School that caters to the educational needs of physically handicapped children. Rohan also supports the Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences that endeavours to provide low cost dental treatment and holds several free health and awareness camps.
Rohan resides in Bangalore, where he is also the part owner of a very popular restaurant. A grass-court enthusiast, his favorite tournament is Wimbledon, and his favorite player is Stefan Edberg. His hobbies include golf, adventure sports, and watching Bollywood movies. Bopanna is a fan of the Manchester United Football Club. His favourite holiday destination is Koh Samui, Thailand. He is married to Supriya Annaiah.
Grand Slam tournaments
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Outcome||Year||Championship||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||2010||US Open||Hard||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Bob Bryan
Year-End Championships finals
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||2012||London||Hard (i)||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Marcel Granollers
|5–7, 6–3, [3–10]|
Masters 1000 finals
♥====Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)====
|Winner||2011||Paris||Hard (i)||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Julien Benneteau
|Runner-up||2012||Cincinnati||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Robert Lindstedt
|Runner-up||2012||Shanghai||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Leander Paes
|7–6(9–7), 3–6, [5–10]|
|Winner||2012||Paris||Hard (i)||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
|Runner-up||2013||Rome||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Bob Bryan
ATP career finals
Doubles: 28 (10 titles, 18 runners-up)
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)|
|ATP World Tour Finals (0–1)|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2–3)|
|ATP World Tour 500 Series (3–0)|
|ATP World Tour 250 Series (5–13)|
|Runner-up||1.||2 January 2006||Chennai Open, Chennai, India||Hard||Prakash Amritraj|| Michal Mertiňák
|Runner-up||2.||25 September 2006||Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open, Mumbai, India||Hard||Mustafa Ghouse|| Mario Ančić
|4–6, 7–6(8–6), [8–10]|
|Runner-up||3.||24 September 2007||Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open, Mumbai, India||Hard||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Robert Lindstedt
|Runner-up||4.||13 July 2008||Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, Newport, United States||Grass||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Mardy Fish
|Winner||1.||4 August 2008||Countrywide Classic, Los Angeles, United States||Hard||Eric Butorac|| Travis Parrott
|Runner-up||5.||18 October 2008||St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia||Hard (i)||Max Mirnyi|| Travis Parrott
|6–3, 6–7(4–7), [8–10]|
|Runner-up||6.||15 February 2009||SAP Open, San Jose, United States||Hard (i)||Jarkko Nieminen|| Tommy Haas
|Winner||2.||7 February 2010||SA Tennis Open, Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Karol Beck
|2–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Runner-up||7.||11 April 2010||Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco||Clay||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Robert Lindstedt
|2–6, 6–3, [7–10]|
|Runner-up||8.||22 May 2010||Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, France||Clay||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Marcelo Melo
|6–1, 3–6, [5–10]|
|Runner-up||9.||25 July 2010||Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United States||Hard||Kristof Vliegen|| Scott Lipsky
|6–3, 6–7, [10–12]|
|Runner-up||10.||28 August 2010||Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United States||Hard||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Robert Lindstedt
|Runner-up||11.||11 September 2010||US Open, New York, United States||Hard||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Bob Bryan
|Runner-up||12.||28 September 2010||St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia||Hard(i)||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Daniele Bracciali
|Winner||3.||12 June 2011||Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany||Grass||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Robin Haase
|7–6(8), 3–6, [11–9]|
|Winner||4.||23 October 2011||If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Marcelo Melo
|Winner||5.||13 November 2011||BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France||Hard (i)||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Julien Benneteau
|Winner||6.||3 March 2012||Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|6–4, 3–6, [10–5]|
|Runner-up||13.||20 August 2012||Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, United States||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Robert Lindstedt
|Runner-up||14.||14 October 2012||Shanghai Rolex Masters, Shanghai, China||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Leander Paes
|7–6(9–7), 3–6, [5–10]|
|Winner||7.||4 November 2012||BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, France||Hard (i)||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
|Runner-up||15.||12 November 2012||ATP World Tour Finals, London, United Kingdom||Hard (i)||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Marcel Granollers
|5-7, 6-3, [3-10]|
|Winner||8.||24 February 2013||Open 13, Marseille, France||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
|Runner-up||16.||19 May 2013||Rome, Italy||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||9.||6 October 2013||Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Édouard Roger-Vasselin|| Jamie Murray
|Runner-up||17.||11 January 2014||Apia International Sydney, Sydney, Australia||Hard||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Daniel Nestor
|Winner||10.||1 March 2014||Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Daniel Nestor
|Runner-up||18.||24 May 2014||Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, France||Clay||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi|| Martin Kližan
Doubles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||3R||2R||1R||3R||3R||2R||3R||0 / 6||10–7|
|French Open||1R||1R||2R||QF||1R||1R||2R||0 / 7||5–7|
|Wimbledon||2R||QF||1R||2R||SF||2R||0 / 6||10–6|
|US Open||1R||F||SF||1R||3R||0 / 5||11–5|
|Win–Loss||3–4||1–2||9–4||9–4||3–4||7–4||4-3||0 / 25||36–25|
|ATP World Tour Finals||RR||F||0 / 2||3–5|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells||SF||1R||1R||1R||0 / 4||3–4|
|Miami||QF||SF||2R||2R||0 / 4||7–4|
|Monte Carlo||SF||2R||2R||QF||0 / 4||4–4|
|Rome||SF||F||2R||0 / 3||5–3|
|Madrid||QF||SF||QF||QF||0 / 4||4–4|
|Canada||1R||QF||2R||1R||1R||0 / 5||1–5|
|Cincinnati||1R||2R||QF||F||SF||1R||0 / 6||6–6|
|Shanghai||NH||QF||2R||F||2R||0 / 4||5–4|
|Paris||2R||W||W||QF||2 / 4||9–2|
|Win–Loss||0–1||0–0||3–4||14–7||16–8||7–9||1–2||2 / 33||41–31|
|Year End Ranking||78||83||16||11||12||13|
Partners in Men's doubles
|3||Rishi Sridhar||1999 2000|
|4||Vijay Kanna||2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005|
|5||Mustafa Ghouse||2001 2004 2005 2006 2007|
|8||Yen-Hsun Lu||2002 2009|
|14||Toshihide Matsui||2003 2005|
|16||Prakash Amritraj||2003 2004 2006|
|17||Jonathan Erlich||2003 2009|
|18||Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi||2003 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2014|
|20||Mahesh Bhupathi||2003 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013|
|27||Kyu Tae Im||2005|
|34||Younes El Aynaoui||2007|
|35||Leander Paes||2007 2012|
|37||Lovro Zovko||2007 2009|
|41||Rajeev Ram||2008 2012 2013|
|45||Eric Butorac||2008 2010|
|49||Jeff Coetzee||2009 2010|
- These lists only consists of players who played with Rohan Bopanna in ATP(& ITF)-recognized tournaments which include the Olympics, Grand Slams, World Tour Finals, World Tour Masters, World Tour Series, Davis Cup Ties, and ATP Challengers. The lists might be incomplete when all the other tournaments are considered. The order of the players in the list is based on their first partnering with Rohan Bopanna.
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- Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi Win Peace and Sport Award www.sportstrack.in, 14 October 2010
- "Monisha Vinayak enters last eight". The Hindu (Chennai, India).
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