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Good Sports: Bopanna Makes History at Australian Open

Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai
March 2024
Good Sports: Bopanna Makes History at Australian Open

Rohan Bopanna began playing tennis at age 11 in India—and 32 years later, he’s still going strong, winning the men’s doubles title at this year’s Australian Open.

At age 43 and 329 days, Bopanna became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam doubles title in the Open era, beating the previous record by three years. He and his partner, Matt Ebden, eked out a 7-6, 7-5 victory over Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori in the final.

Two days later, Bopanna also became the oldest player to be ranked No. 1 in men’s doubles. The Australian championship was his second Grand Slam title—he also won a mixed doubles title at the French Open in 2017.

“Age truly really is not even a number for this guy,” Ebden said during the trophy presentation in Melbourne. “He is young at heart. He is a champion and a warrior.”


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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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