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Rohan Bopanna’s Historic Triumph: Oldest Tennis Player to Attain No. 1 Doubles Ranking

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In a remarkable achievement, tennis veteran Rohan Bopanna has etched his name in the annals of tennis history by becoming the oldest player to secure the No. 1 men’s doubles ranking.

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The 43-year-old Indian star, along with his partner Matthew Ebden, showcased exceptional prowess at the Australian Open 2024, advancing to the semi-finals with a commanding straight-sets victory over the Argentine pair of Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni.

This historic feat, anticipated to be reflected in the upcoming rankings update, solidifies Bopanna’s position as the oldest No. 1 player in tennis history. Notably, this accomplishment comes less than a year after Bopanna and Ebden made headlines as the oldest duo to qualify for a Grand Slam final during the US Open in 2023.

Entering the Australian Open with a career-high ranking of No. 3, Bopanna’s journey to the semi-finals assures him of the coveted top spot in the men’s doubles rankings. His partner, Mathew Ebden, is set to claim the No. 2 spot, marking a significant achievement for the Indo-Australian pair.

Bopanna’s triumphant march to the semi-finals in Australia is a remarkable turnaround, breaking a streak of 17 attempts to reach this stage in the Australian Open. The duo’s impressive 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over the sixth-seeded Argentinian duo of Máximo González and Andrés Molteni underscored their dominance on the court.

The upcoming semi-final clash pits Bopanna and Ebden against the unseeded duo of Tomas Machac and Zhizhen Zhang, further adding suspense to their remarkable journey. Should they emerge victorious, Bopanna’s legacy as the oldest Grand Slam finalist and No. 1-ranked doubles player will undoubtedly be etched in tennis lore.

Rajeev Ram’s previous record as the oldest player to be ranked world No. 1 in October 2022 at the age of 38 is now surpassed by Bopanna, reinforcing India’s rich tennis legacy. Bopanna joins the illustrious ranks of Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, and Sania Mirza as the fourth Indian to claim the coveted No. 1 rank in doubles.

As Bopanna prepares to ascend to the top position, replacing USA’s Austin Krajicek, his remarkable career spans over two decades, with notable achievements including winning the mixed doubles title at the French Open in 2017 alongside Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski.

While men’s doubles titles have eluded him in the past, Bopanna’s resilience and determination have propelled him to numerous milestones, including being the oldest player to claim a men’s doubles title at a Masters 1000 event. This historic accomplishment was realized last year at the age of 43, alongside Ebden, as they clinched the prestigious Indian Wells tournament.

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In the twilight of his career, Rohan Bopanna continues to defy age and expectations, leaving an indelible mark on the sport of tennis. His journey serves as an inspiration, proving that passion and skill know no age limits in the pursuit of excellence on the tennis court.

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