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Rohan BOPANNA biography
A member of India’s Davis Cup team since 2002, Rohan Bopanna has a Grand Slam title and four ATP Masters 1000 titles in his long career. The veteran, who is still going strong at 40 years old, has also represented India at the 2012 and 2016 editions of the Olympics.
Bopanna has always been something of a 'slow burner': it wasn’t until he was 19 that he decided to pursue a career in tennis.
It was in doubles that the Bengaluru-born player began to set the tennis world alight, first coming to attention with a promising mixed doubles display alongside Sania Mirza at the 2007 Hopman Cup, where the duo finished runners-up behind Spain.
The same year Bopanna first partnered Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi in 2007, a relationship that would go on to be a career-defining for both.
However it was not until 2010 that the duo - famously dubbed the "Indo-Pak Express" would began to get up to full speed, reaching the quarter finals at WImbledon and the men's doubles final at the US Open in a success-laden season.
In 2012 though, Bopanna decided to team up with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in order to forge a fruitful partnership ahead of the Olympics.
London 2012 proved to be a good learning for Bopanna, and although the Indian duo could not advance past the second round at the Olympics, they did manage to claim the Paris Masters title a few months later.
Four years later at Rio 2016, Bopanna came agonizingly close to clinching an Olympic medal alongside Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles competition.
After an opening round win over Australians Sam Stosur and John Peers, Mirza and Bopanna conjured an impressive win over men's Olympic champion Andy Murray and Heather Watson.
The win over the British duo set up a semi final encounter with American legend Venus William and Rajeev Ram.
The Indians came out on the wrong side of a hard-fought three set battle but still had a chance of a podium spot in the bronze medal playoff match.
However, Mirza and Bopanna had to settle for fourth place after losing in straight sets to the Czech Republic's Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek, an experience Bopanna would later describe succinctly as "heartbreaking indeed."
But any lingering disappointment held by Bopanna was dispelled at the French Open in 2017, as he sealed his own special spot in Indian tennis history.
Alongside Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski, Bopanna would win his maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros - becoming only the fourth Indian to achieve such a feat.
More joy came in 2018, as Bopanna won the gold medal in the men's doubles at the 2018 Asian Games alongside compatriot Divij Sharan.
Although his years may be advancing, there is no sign of Bopanna slowing down yet.
Dismissing any talk of retirement, Bopanna remains one of India's best medal prospects if he can reach his third Olympics at Tokyo 2020.