Rohan Bopanna Becomes Oldest Male Player to Win Grand Slam Doubles Title
By – Sujoy Roy
Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden secured a historic victory at the Australian Open 2024, clinching their first-ever men’s doubles Grand Slam title. The duo’s triumph over Italy’s Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori unfolded in a thrilling straight-sets encounter, culminating in a 7-6, 7-5 win at the Rod Laver Arena.
For Bopanna, aged 43, this win not only marked a remarkable milestone in his career but also etched his name in the annals of tennis history as the oldest male player to claim a Grand Slam title. Ebden, 36, contributed significantly to their success, displaying resilience
and skill throughout the match.
The summit clash was a testament to the Indo-Australian pair’s determination and prowess on the court. Despite facing a resilient Italian duo, Bopanna and Ebden maintained their composure, dominating crucial moments, particularly in the tiebreaker of the first set, where they asserted their authority with a flawless 7-0 victory.
In a fiercely contested second set, both pairs traded blows, refusing to concede ground. However, Bopanna and Ebden’s synergy and strategic play proved decisive as they secured consecutive games to seal the match.
Bopanna’s journey to this historic triumph was underscored by his unwavering commitment to the sport. His ascent to the summit of men’s doubles rankings earlier in the week reflected not only his skill but also his enduring passion for tennis. Echoing his sentiments, Ebden praised Bopanna’s youthful spirit and fighting spirit, highlighting their remarkable partnership.
This victory not only signifies a significant milestone in Bopanna’s illustrious career but also exemplifies the power of perseverance and dedication in the face of challenges. As they bask in the glory of their maiden Grand Slam triumph, Bopanna and Ebden have etched their names in tennis folklore, leaving an indelible mark on the sport’s rich tapestry.
Bopanna’s success extends beyond this momentous win. It marks his second Grand Slam title, following his victory in the French Open Mixed Doubles alongside Gabriela Dabrowski in 2017. Additionally, his journey in Grand Slam finals includes a mixed doubles runner up finish at the 2018 Australian Open with Babos, 2023 Australian Open Mixed Doubles final, where he and Sania Mirza finished as runners-up, and a men’s doubles final at the 2023 US Open, where the Bopanna-Ebden duo also reached the final stage.
This comprehensive track record underscores Bopanna’s prowess and versatility across different formats of the game, cementing his status as one of India’s most accomplished tennis players.