This will be Sania Mirza’s first Grand Slam since becoming a mother.
This will be the first time in almost four years that the duo will be on the same side of the court after they ended just one spot shy of a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
"She was initially teamed up with Rajeev (Ram) but he had pulled out. I am obviously excited to be partnering with her, partners from the same countries are a rarity. I am looking forward to it," said a 39-year-old Rohan Bopanna in an interview with The New Indian Express.
While the early season will be more of a warm-up for the 2016 Australian Open winner, who is trying to get to her paces after a two-year maternity break, Rohan Bopanna is fresh from an ATP 250 title that he won in Doha on Friday, alongside men’s doubles partner Wesley Koolhof of Netherlands.
The pair was playing their first tournament at any level together but the duo combined well at the Qatar Open and defeated the duo of Luke Bambridge and Santiago Gonzalez 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 in the final.
The 2018 Australian Open finalist will be partnering Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama in the men’s doubles in Melbourne before he resumes his partnership with old partner Denis Shapavalov from February.
After having disappointing exits in the round of 32 in both the men’s and women’s doubles category in the 2016 Olympics, India had its hopes pinned on the mixed doubles duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, who looked to be in fine form.
However, they faced consecutive defeats against USA’s Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in the semi-final and Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek in the bronze medal playoff, to finish fourth.
Sania Mirza is set to make her competitive return to tennis after a 15-month hiatus at the Hobart International, which starts on Monday, where she is partnering Ukraine's Nadiia Kichenok in the women’s doubles.