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Rohan Bopanna
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Rohan Bopanna at the 2013 French Open
Country India
ResidenceBangalore, India
Born(1980-03-04) 4 March 1980 (age 34)
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro2003
Prize money$2,141,158
Singles
Career record14–33
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 213 (23 July 2007)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2006, 2007, 2008)
French OpenQ1 (2006)
WimbledonQ2 (2006)
US OpenQ2 (2007)
Doubles
Career record205–150
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 3 (22 July 2013)
Current rankingNo. 17 (16 June 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2008, 2011, 2012, 2014)
French OpenQF (2011)
WimbledonSF (2013)
US OpenF (2010)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (2013, 2014)
WimbledonQF (2013)
US Open2R (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.

He distinguished himself as a doubles player at the 2007 Hopman Cup. Bopanna's first ATP doubles title came in the 2008 Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles with Eric Butorac.

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            Early life

            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.

            2007

            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.

            2008

            Bopanna won the men's doubles title at the 2008 Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles with partner Eric Butorac.

            2009

            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.

            2010

            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.

            2011

            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.

            They participated in the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals in London, losing their first round-robin match to Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor.

            2012

            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.

            Bopanna refused to partner Leander Paes for doubles event for 2012 Summer Olympics triggering a row which finally led to two participating teams, as Leander Paes partnered with Vishnu Vardhan.

            On 20 August 2012 at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati, USA Rohan Bopanna partnering Mahesh Bhupathi lost to Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecău in the final 4–6, 4–6.

            On 4 November 2012, Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi won the Paris Masters cup.

            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.

            2013

            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.

            Awards

            For his efforts in bridging political barriers through sports, Rohan Bopanna was nominated in 2010 as a Champion for Peace by Monaco-based organization, Peace and Sport.

            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.

            Charity

            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.

            Personal life

            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.

            Significant finals

            Grand Slam tournaments

            Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
            OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponents in the finalScore in the final
            Runner-up2010US OpenHardPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiUnited States Bob Bryan
            United States Mike Bryan
            6–7(5–7), 6–7(4–7)

            Year-End Championships finals

            Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
            OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
            Runner-up2012LondonHard (i)India Mahesh BhupathiSpain Marcel Granollers
            Spain Marc López
            5–7, 6–3, [3–10]

            Masters 1000 finals

            Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)
            OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
            Winner2011ParisHard (i)Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiFrance Julien Benneteau
            France Nicolas Mahut
            6–2, 6–4
            Runner-up2012CincinnatiHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiSweden Robert Lindstedt
            Romania Horia Tecău
            5–7, 3–6
            Runner-up2012ShanghaiHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiIndia Leander Paes
            Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
            7–6(9–7), 3–6, [5–10]
            Winner2012ParisHard (i)India Mahesh BhupathiPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
            Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
            7–6(8–6), 6–3
            Runner-up2013RomeClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Bob Bryan
            United States Mike Bryan
            2-6, 3–6

            ATP career finals

            Doubles: 28 (10 titles, 18 runners-up)

            Legend (Singles)
            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)
            OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentScore
            Runner-up1.2 January 2006Chennai Open, Chennai, IndiaHardIndia Prakash AmritrajSlovakia Michal Mertiňák
            Czech Republic Petr Pála
            2–6, 5–7
            Runner-up2.25 September 2006Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open, Mumbai, IndiaHardIndia Mustafa GhouseCroatia Mario Ančić
            India Mahesh Bhupathi
            4–6, 7–6(8–6), [8–10]
            Runner-up3.24 September 2007Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open, Mumbai, IndiaHardPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiSweden Robert Lindstedt
            Finland Jarkko Nieminen
            6–7(3–7), 6–7(5–7)
            Runner-up4.13 July 2008Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, Newport, United StatesGrassPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiUnited States Mardy Fish
            United States John Isner
            4–6, 6–7(1–7)
            Winner1.4 August 2008Countrywide Classic, Los Angeles, United StatesHardUnited States Eric ButoracUnited States Travis Parrott
            Serbia Dušan Vemić
            7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–5)
            Runner-up5.18 October 2008St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, RussiaHard (i)Belarus Max MirnyiUnited States Travis Parrott
            Slovakia Filip Polášek
            6–3, 6–7(4–7), [8–10]
            Runner-up6.15 February 2009SAP Open, San Jose, United StatesHard (i)Finland Jarkko NieminenGermany Tommy Haas
            Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
            2–6, 3–6
            Winner2.7 February 2010SA Tennis Open, Johannesburg, South AfricaHardPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiSlovakia Karol Beck
            Israel Harel Levy
            2–6, 6–3, [10–5]
            Runner-up7.11 April 2010Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, MoroccoClayPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiSweden Robert Lindstedt
            Romania Horia Tecău
            2–6, 6–3, [7–10]
            Runner-up8.22 May 2010Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, FranceClayPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiBrazil Marcelo Melo
            Brazil Bruno Soares
            6–1, 3–6, [5–10]
            Runner-up9.25 July 2010Atlanta Tennis Championships, Atlanta, United StatesHardBelgium Kristof VliegenUnited States Scott Lipsky
            United States Rajeev Ram
            6–3, 6–7, [10–12]
            Runner-up10.28 August 2010Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, United StatesHardPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiSweden Robert Lindstedt
            Romania Horia Tecău
            4–6, 5–7
            Runner-up11.11 September 2010US Open, New York, United StatesHardPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiUnited States Bob Bryan
            United States Mike Bryan
            6–7(5–7), 6–7(4–7)
            Runner-up12.28 September 2010St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, RussiaHard(i)Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiItaly Daniele Bracciali
            Italy Potito Starace
            6–7(6–8), 6–7(5–7)
            Winner3.12 June 2011Gerry Weber Open, Halle, GermanyGrassPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiNetherlands Robin Haase
            Canada Milos Raonic
            7–6(8), 3–6, [11–9]
            Winner4.23 October 2011If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, SwedenHard (i)Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiBrazil Marcelo Melo
            Brazil Bruno Soares
            6–1, 6–3
            Winner5.13 November 2011BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, FranceHard (i)Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiFrance Julien Benneteau
            France Nicolas Mahut
            6–2, 6–4
            Winner6.3 March 2012Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, United Arab EmiratesHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiPoland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
            Poland Marcin Matkowski
            6–4, 3–6, [10–5]
            Runner-up13.20 August 2012Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, United StatesHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiSweden Robert Lindstedt
            Romania Horia Tecău
            4–6, 4–6
            Runner-up14.14 October 2012Shanghai Rolex Masters, Shanghai, ChinaHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiIndia Leander Paes
            Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
            7–6(9–7), 3–6, [5–10]
            Winner7.4 November 2012BNP Paribas Masters, Paris, FranceHard (i)India Mahesh BhupathiPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
            Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
            7–6(8–6), 6–3
            Runner-up15.12 November 2012ATP World Tour Finals, London, United KingdomHard (i)India Mahesh BhupathiSpain Marcel Granollers
            Spain Marc López
            5-7, 6-3, [3-10]
            Winner8.24 February 2013Open 13, Marseille, FranceHard (i)United Kingdom Colin FlemingPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
            Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
            6-4, 7-6(7-3)
            Runner-up16.19 May 2013Rome, ItalyClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Bob Bryan
            United States Mike Bryan
            2-6, 3–6
            Winner9.6 October 2013Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, JapanHardFrance Édouard Roger-VasselinUnited Kingdom Jamie Murray
            Australia John Peers
            7-6(7-5), 6-4
            Runner-up17.11 January 2014Apia International Sydney, Sydney, AustraliaHardPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiCanada Daniel Nestor
            Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
            6–7(3–7), 6–7(3–7)
            Winner10.1 March 2014Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, United Arab EmiratesHardPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiCanada Daniel Nestor
            Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
            6-4, 6-3
            Runner-up18.24 May 2014Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, FranceClayPakistan Aisam-ul-Haq QureshiSlovakia Martin Kližan
            Austria Philipp Oswald
            2-6, 0-6

            Doubles performance timeline



            Key

            W F SFQF#RRRLQ (Q#)APZ#POSF-BFSGNMSNH
            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.
            Tournament2008200920102011201220132014SRW–L
            Grand Slam Tournaments
            Australian Open3R2R1R3R3R2R3R0 / 610–7
            French Open1R1R2RQF1R1R0 / 64–6
            Wimbledon2RQF1R2RSF0 / 59–5
            US Open1RFSF1R3R0 / 511–5
            Win–Loss3–41–29–49–43–47–40 / 2232–22
            Year-End Championship
            ATP World Tour FinalsRRF0 / 23–5
            ATP Masters Series
            Indian WellsSF1R1R1R0 / 43–4
            MiamiQFSF2R2R0 / 47–4
            Monte CarloSF2R2RQF0 / 44–4
            RomeSFF0 / 24–2
            MadridQFSFQF0 / 34–3
            Canada1RQF2R1R0 / 41–4
            Cincinnati1R2RQFFSF0 / 56–5
            ShanghaiNHQF2RF2R0 / 45–4
            Paris2RWWQF2 / 49–2
            Win–Loss0–10–03–414–716–87–91–22 / 3341–31
            Year End Ranking788316111213

            Partnerships

            Partners in Men's doubles

            No.PartnerYear
            1India Vijayendra1999
            2India Manoj Mahadevan1999
            3India Rishi Sridhar1999 2000
            4India Vijay Kanna2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
            5India Mustafa Ghouse2001 2004 2005 2006 2007
            6Tanzania Ronald Rugimbana2001
            7Spain Carlos Cuadrado2001
            8Chinese Taipei Yen-Hsun Lu2002 2009
            9South Korea Dong-Hyun Kim2002
            10Uzbekistan Dmitri Tomashevich2002
            11Australia Marc Kimmich2002
            12Australia Morgan Wilson2002
            13South Africa W.P. Meyer2002
            14Japan Toshihide Matsui2003 2005
            15Netherlands Fred Hemmes2003
            16India Prakash Amritraj2003 2004 2006
            17Israel Jonathan Erlich2003 2009
            18Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi2003 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2014
            19Mexico Santiago González2003
            20India Mahesh Bhupathi2003 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
            21India Harsh Mankad2003
            22Lebanon Patrick Chucri2004
            23France Jean-Michel Pequery2004
            24India Karan Rastogi2005
            25India Sunil-Kumar Sipaeya2005
            26Russia Evgueni Smirnov2005
            27South Korea Kyu Tae Im2005
            28Romania Horia Tecău2005
            29Australia Luke Bourgeois2006
            30Australia Nathan Healey2006
            31Greece Konstantinos Economidis2006
            32South Africa Chris Haggard2007
            33United States Chris Drake2007
            34Morocco Younes El Aynaoui2007
            35India Leander Paes2007 2012
            36United Kingdom Ross Hutchins2007
            37Croatia Lovro Zovko2007 2009
            38Australia Adam Feeney2007
            39Uruguay Pablo Cuevas2007
            40Belgium Olivier Rochus2007
            41United States Rajeev Ram2008 2012 2013
            42Israel Dudi Sela2008
            43Sweden Robert Lindstedt2008
            44United States James Cerretani2008
            45United States Eric Butorac2008 2010
            46India Purav Raja2008
            47Belarus Max Mirnyi2008
            48Italy Flavio Cipolla2009
            49South Africa

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