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Australian Open 2024: How did the world react to Rohan Bopanna winning the men’s doubles title with Matthew Ebden?

In a historic triumph Rohan Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden secured the men’s doubles title at the 2024 Australian Open, etching their names in the annals of tennis history. The Indo-Australian duo delivered an exceptional performance, clinching victory in a thrilling final against the Italian pair of Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. The duo’s chemistry and synchronization on the court was fabulous. In the first set both teams showed excellent skill with a great neck-to-neck play. But Bopanna and Ebden stood out in the perfect tie-breaker earning a strong lead of 7-6(0). The second set became a mental game with teams immersed in a thrilling matchup. Bopanna and Ebden not only held firm but also revealed smart game strategies. They took control grasping major points in the endgame. Their determination and collective effort ultimately propelled them to a 7-5 victory, sealing the Australian Open men’s doubles title. For Rohan Bopanna, this triumph holds special significance as he becomes only the third Indian player to claim a men’s doubles Grand Slam title, joining an elite group of tennis legends. His team-up with Matthew Ebden was perfect, showing how great they work together. Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden celebrated their win at the Australian Open in the Rod Laver Arena making history and and inspiring tennis enthusiasts worldwide.

Rohan Bopanna’s glorious career

Indian tennis player, Rohan Bopanna aged 43, has made a lasting name in the sport. His career is both impressive and long-running. At the Australian Open, Bopanna set new records. He won the men’s doubles title with Matthew Ebden, and now he’s the oldest man to win a Grand Slam in the Open era. Plus, he’s the new World No. 1 in men’s doubles. Ebden has won his second men’s Grand Slam doubles title. His first was Wimbledon in 2022, with Max Purcell. Bopanna has been to the Australian Open 16 times. His best performance before this was third round, which he did six times, last time in 2018. 

Bopanna earned his second Grand Slam title, the first being the French Open mixed doubles victory with Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski in 2017. At 43 years old, Bopanna overcame age-related challenges that had been a barrier in recent years. Since 2019, knee-related fitness concerns had been a problem.

In the presentation after the game, the tennis star from India shared, “As Matt said, you definitely know how old I am. I’ve changed it a bit & said I’m a level 43, not age 43. Obviously this couldn’t have been possible without a fantastic Aussie partner by my side. Thanks to Matt…we had a fantastic season last year. For me to win my first men’s doubles grand slam here at the Asian pacific grand slam, it’s totally a home slam.”
Also noteworthy, in the duration of this Grand Slam Bopanna was named for the Padma Shri award by the Indian government.

How did the world react to Rohan Bopanna winning the men’s doubles title with Matthew Ebden?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other tennis fans congratulated Rohan Bopanna and said that the phenomenally talented tennis champions show age is no bar. “Time and again, the phenomenally talented Rohan Bopanna shows age is no bar! Congratulations to him on his historic Australian Open win. His remarkable journey is a beautiful reminder that it is always our spirit, hard work, and perseverance that define our capabilities. Best wishes for his future endeavors,” PM Modi said in a post on X.

Dhruv Patel

Dhruv is a Sports Content Writer at StatJunction and Sportslumo. With nearly a year of experience as a writer as a sports journalist, he leaves his readers hooked with his unique insights about Cricket and Tennis. Dhruv is an athlete himself and has won three gold medals and multiple more trophies for his impressive Taekwondo skills.