Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden Clinch Doubles Title at Qatar ExxonMobil Open
Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden emerged victorious at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, an ATP 250 men’s professional tennis tournament held in Doha, Qatar. The pair beat Constant Lestienne and Botic Van De Zandschulp in a thrilling three-set final to claim the doubles title.
Bopanna and Ebden had a tough road to the final, facing a number of talented opponents throughout the tournament. In the semifinals, they faced the British duo of Daniel Evans and Jonny O’Mara, whom they defeated in straight sets to advance to the final.
This was Bopanna’s second title at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, having won the tournament previously in 2018 alongside Wesley Koolhof. The Indian tennis ace was also a finalist in 2022 with Denis Shapovalov. For his partner Ebden, it was his first title in singles or doubles in the history of the Doha event.
In the final, Bopanna and Ebden faced a stiff challenge from Lestienne and Van De Zandschulp. The first set was a tightly contested affair, with both pairs trading blows until Lestienne and Van De Zandschulp emerged as the victors in a tiebreak. However, Bopanna and Ebden were not deterred and came back strong in the second set, winning it 6-4 to force a deciding super tiebreak.
The third set tiebreak saw Bopanna and Ebden take control early on, with their opponents struggling to keep up. The Indo-Aussie pair eventually secured the win with a 10-6 scoreline, much to the delight of the crowd in attendance.
With this win, Bopanna has re-entered the top 15 of the ATP doubles ranking for the first time since November 2017. It is a testament to the Indian veteran’s perseverance and dedication to the sport.
Overall, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open was a highly competitive and entertaining event, showcasing some of the best tennis players in the world. Bopanna and Ebden’s impressive performance and hard-fought victory will surely be remembered by fans and tennis enthusiasts alike