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Good Sports: Coffee Helps Bopanna Become Oldest Champ

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
May 2023
Good Sports: Coffee Helps Bopanna Become Oldest Champ

After becoming the oldest tennis player to win an ATP Masters 1000 title, 43-year-old Rohan Bopanna gave credit to coffee. It’s the Indian coffee that I keep having when traveling,” he said. “That’s the secret. The biggest thing is to make sure you recover well after matches and that’s really helped me.”

Bopanna, whose family owns a coffee plantation in Karnataka, teamed up with Matthew Ebden to win the doubles title at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. The unseeded pair defeated the World No. 1 team of Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski, scraping out a 6-3 2-6 10-8 victory. It was the fifth Masters 1000 championship for Bopanna and 24th title on the ATP tour. He won the 2017 French Open mixed doubles title with Gabriela Dabrowski, becoming the fourth Indian to win a grand slam title.

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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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