Rohan Bopanna, 43, Claims No. 1 Spot in Tennis World Rankings

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In a historic feat at the Australian Open 2024, Rohan Bopanna, aged 43, has etched his name in tennis history by becoming the oldest player to achieve the coveted world number one ranking.

At the Australian Open 2024, India’s Rohan Bopanna, aged 43, is set to make tennis history by becoming the oldest player to claim the world number one spot after advancing to the doubles semi-finals with partner Matthew Ebden.

Their victory over the Argentine pair Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni, with a scoreline of 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), secured Bopanna’s groundbreaking ascent to the top.

This achievement follows Bopanna’s title at Indian Wells last season, where he became the oldest ATP Masters 1,000 champion.

His illustrious career began in 2003, and he boasts a Grand Slam mixed doubles title from the 2017 French Open alongside Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski.

Bopanna attributes his sustained success to his physiotherapist and the practice of Iyengar yoga, emphasizing its role in strengthening his body and enhancing focus on the court. His unique journey is expected to inspire individuals aged 40 and above globally.

Bopanna is poised to surpass Mike Bryan as the oldest men’s doubles number one, with Serena Williams holding the record for the oldest women’s singles number one at 35. Roger Federer, the oldest men’s singles number one at 36, might see his record challenged by Novak Djokovic later this year.

Bopanna and Ebden are scheduled to face Tomas Machac and Zhang Zhizhen in the Australian Open doubles semi-finals, marking a remarkable chapter in Bopanna’s enduring career.

 

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