Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna has etched his name in the history books by becoming the oldest player to claim the No. 1 spot in the men’s doubles rankings at the age of 43. This remarkable achievement was secured following his quarter-final victory at the 2024 Australian Open, alongside Australia’s Matthew Ebden.
Historic Victory at the Australian Open
The duo’s triumph over the Argentine pair Máximo González and Andrés Molteni in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6, was not just a testament to their skill but also to their impeccable teamwork and resilience. Seeded second in the tournament, Bopanna and Ebden have demonstrated exceptional performance, paving the way for their advancement to the semi-finals.
An Inspirational Journey
Reflecting on his ascent to the top spot, Bopanna emphasized the significance of his achievement as a source of inspiration for individuals over the age of 40. His success at this stage of his career challenges age barriers and serves as a beacon of hope and motivation for athletes and individuals worldwide.
Surpassing Previous Records
Bopanna’s accomplishment surpasses the previous record held by American tennis player Mike Bryan, who was 41 years and 76 days old when he was ranked World No. 1 in men’s doubles in 2019. After the Australian Open, Bopanna, who will turn 43 years and 330 days old, has redefined the standards of longevity and excellence in the sport.