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Pakistan High Commission issues visas to Indian team for upcoming Davis Cup tie

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi announced via a release on Sunday that it has issued visas for Indian players and support staff for the upcoming Davis Cup World Group 1 playoff tie to be held on the grass courts of Islamabad on February 3-4. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) had initially seen an appeal to have the tie in a neutral venue rejected by an International Tennis Federation tribunal. The most recent tie between the two countries in 2019 had been held in Kazakhstan. Following the rejection of their appeal, AITA began the process of seeking permission from the sports ministry to travel to Pakistan, where Indian teams, outside of some exceptions, have usually refrained from visiting due to bilateral tensions. This will be the first time that an Indian team will...
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Never have any limitations and keep believing, says oldest Grand Slam champion Rohan Bopanna | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's Rohan Bopanna on Saturday created history, becoming the oldest man in the Open Era to win a major men’s doubles title, teaming up with Matthew Ebden to win the Australian Open.The 43-year-old Bopanna and Ebden overcame Italians Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori 7-6(0), 7-5 to clinch the crown at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.Bopanna, who was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government for becoming the oldest first-time World No.1 in men's doubles recently, completed his mission to win his first Grand Slam men's doubles title. After the win, the Indian tennis veteran expressed his gratitude to fans for supporting him and noted that there was no better partner than Ebden for the Grand Slam event."Totally amazing winning my first men's doubles Grand Slam. There is n...
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‘Your moment can arrive anytime, anywhere’: Sports fraternity goes berserk as Rohan Bopanna wins historic Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The 43-year-old Rohan Bopanna on Saturday etched his name in the history books by becoming the oldest man in the Open Era to secure a major men's doubles crown.Partnering with Australia's Matthew Ebden, Bopanna claimed the Australian Open trophy with a dominating performance, defeating Italians Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori 7-6(0), 7-5 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.Just three days after ascending to the top of the world rankings, Bopanna, who had initially decided to retire from the sport two years ago, has achieved a remarkable feat. He now holds the distinction of being the oldest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era, dating back to 1968.In a show of admiration for the Indian tennis star, notable figures in Indian sports such as Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Vire...
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Rohan Bopanna wins maiden men’s doubles Grand Slam title at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Aged 43, Rohan Bopanna celebrated becoming the oldest number one in men's doubles history, winning the Australian Open with his partner Matthew Ebden on Saturday.Bopanna became only the third Indian to win a men's doubles Grand Slam title after registering a commanding win over the Italian pair of Bolelli and Vavassori in a high-quality game of tennis that lasted an hour and 39 minutes.The second-seeded Bopanna-Ebden pair were crowned champions after a 7-6(0) 7-5 win in the final.It was the pair's maiden title and Bopanna's first in men's doubles after 60 previous Grand Slams -- a record for most attempts before winning.Only the iconic Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have won Major titles for India in men's tennis while trailblazer Sania Mirza did it in women's tennis.As It ...
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Rohan Bopanna and Joshna Chinappa among sportspersons shortlisted for Padma Shri | More sports News – Times of India

Tennis luminary Rohan Bopanna, poised to claim the top spot in the world doubles rankings, was chosen on Thursday to receive the esteemed Padma Shri accolade, alongside six other athletes, including seasoned squash player Joshna Chinappa.The Padma Shri is the fourth-highest civilian honour in India, following the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.It is conferred for outstanding contributions in any field.Bopanna, a consistently exceptional performer, is set to become the oldest world number one when the new rankings are unveiled on Monday. The 43-year-old has a chance to secure his first men's doubles major title on Saturday as he competes in the Australian Open final with his partner, Matthew Ebden.In 2017, Bopanna became the fourth Indian to clinch a Grand Slam trophy, w...
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Rohan Bopanna and Joshna Chinappa among athletes selected for Padma Shri award | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tennis ace Rohan Bopanna has been chosen for the prestigious Padma Shri award by the Indian government. Bopanna's stellar achievements on the court have earned him this recognition, making him the oldest player to attain the top ranking when the new doubles rankings are released on Monday.The 43-year-old Indian tennis stalwart is on the verge of clinching his first men's doubles major title at the Australian Open final alongside partner Matthew Ebden on Saturday. Bopanna's illustrious career includes being the fourth Indian to secure a Grand Slam trophy, achieved in the mixed doubles category at the French Open in 2017 with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski.Joining Bopanna on the list of Padma Shri awardees is veteran squash player Joshna Chinappa, a 37-year-old athlete wit...
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Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden storm into final with hard-fought win

Rohan Bopanna entered the final of the Australian Open to move within one victory of claiming his maiden men’s doubles title at a Grand Slam. Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden defeated Zhang Zhizhen of China and Tomas Machac of Czech Republic 6-3 3-6 7-6 (10-7) in just over two hours on Thursday. When the Indian tennis ace had combined with Ebden to win their quarter-final earleir in the tournament, Bopanna had assured himself the world No 1 spot in men’s doubles, thus making him the oldest man to ever get to that spot for the first time at the age of 43. Bopanna thus becomes the fourth Indian to get to the top of the world rankings after Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi (both in men’s doubles) and former women’s doubles world No 1 Sania Mirza. This was the first time the 43...
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Australian Open 2024: New doubles No.1 Rohan Bopanna credits composure, ‘Iyengar’ yoga, focus on recovery for reaching summit at age 43

At the end of the 2022 season, with Rohan Bopanna well into his forties with his career seemingly having seen its peak, there were not many options left in the locker room for the doubles veteran to pick a partner. As he puts it, the collaboration with Australia’s Matthew Ebden, at a similar crossroads in his career, was born out of both necessity and a mutual connection.The duo became an instant hit, not only revitalising their careers, but also taking each other to the summit of the sport. On Wednesday, after their straight-sets win over the sixth-seeded Argentinian pair of Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni, Bopanna became the oldest World No.1 in history at the age of 43, taking the top spot in the men’s doubles rankings for the first time in his career. Ebden will be right behind h...
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No.1 ranking will inspire ‘Gen-Next’ of Indian tennis, says Rohan Bopanna after achieving the feat | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rohan Bopanna feels that his ascent to world No. 1 in doubles rankings at the twilight of his career is the perfect boost that Indian tennis needed just when it was falling off the radar.Bopanna is set to become the oldest tennis player to achieve the world No. 1 ranking in men's doubles after reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open along with his partner Matthew Ebden of Australia on Wednesday.The 43-year-old, who had entered the tournament with a career-high ranking of world No. 3, and Ebden recorded a comfortable 6-4, 7-6(5) win over sixth seeded Argentinian duo of Máximo González and Andrés Molteni in the quarterfinals that lasted an hour and 46 minutes.Bopanna will be crowned the new numero uno spot on Monday after the end of the tournament."It (the feat) means a ...
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‘Indian tennis needed this’: Rohan Bopanna to become oldest World No 1 at 43 after reaching Australian Open semis

Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna will be crowned as the World No 1 in men’s doubles after reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open along with his partner Matthew Ebden on Wednesday. Bopanna will be the oldest player to become World No 1, beating the record set by USA’s Rajeev Ram, who reached the ranking summit in October 2022 at the age of 38. The 43-year-old Bopanna paired with Ebden to brush aside the sixth seeds from Argentina Máximo González and Andrés Molteni in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (5) in a quarterfinal that lasted an hour and 46 minutes. Up next for Bopanna and Ebden are the unseeded Tomas Machac and Zhizhen Zhang. Bopanna will thus become only the fourth Indian after Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza to take the world number one rank in doubles. Rohan Bopann...
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Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden secure quarter-finals berth in men’s doubles | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian tennis veteran Rohan Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden advanced to the quarterfinals of the men's doubles at the Australian Open with a commanding victory. The duo, seeded second in the draw, displayed remarkable resilience to secure a 7-6, 7-6 win over the 14th-seeded pair of Wesley Koolhof from the Netherlands and Croatia's Nikola Mektic.Despite facing an early break in both sets, Bopanna and Ebden showcased their skills with impressive returns against their opponents. The 43-year-old Bopanna, known for his strong service game, faced an initial setback as the 14th seeds took an early lead in the first set. However, the experienced Indian bounced back, demonstrating signature shots, including backhand down-the-line winners and deft overhead lobs.In the ...
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Rohan Bopanna-Matthew Ebden pair advances to Australian Open men’s doubles third round | Tennis News – Times of India

Second-seeded Indo-Australian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden on Friday secured a comfortable straight-set victory over local hopes John Millman and Edward Winter to advance to the third round of the men's doubles at the Australian Open in Melbourne.In a brisk second-round encounter at Court 3, lasting just over one hour, Bopanna, 43, and Ebden effortlessly defeated the wildcard pair 6-2, 6-4.The experienced pair demonstrated dominance in all areas, particularly excelling in first-serves, winning 80 percent compared to Millman and Winter's 68 percent.The duo also recorded the fastest serve of the match – 203 kmph, and they also nailed 17 winners against their opponents' 11.In the first-round match on Thursday, Bopanna and Ebden, the 2023 US Open finalists, had beaten another Aus...
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Asian Games: Rutuja Bhosale and Rohan Bopanna win mixed doubles gold in tennis | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's tennis prowess shone brightly as Rutuja Bhosale and seasoned veteran Rohan Bopanna orchestrated a remarkable comeback to secure the gold medal in mixed doubles at the Asian Games on Saturday.In a riveting encounter, the second-seeded Indian pair fought back from a set down to triumph with a scoreline of 2-6, 6-3, 10-4 against the formidable Chinese Taipei duo of Tsung-hao Huang and En-shuo Liang.Asian Games Day 7The victory not only sealed a gold medal for India but also provided a glimmer of hope in what had otherwise been a somewhat disappointing tennis campaign for the country at the Asian Games. India had managed to secure only two medals throughout the tournament, with the men's doubles team earning silver being the other achievement.This two-medal performance at...
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Hangzhou Asian Games: Full India schedule on September 30; live updates, live streaming details | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale are set to compete in the mixed doubles tennis final on the seventh day of the Hangzhou Asian Games. Additionally, India will face Pakistan in the men's squash final, and the men's hockey team will go head-to-head with Pakistan in a pool match.Follow Timesofindia.com's live blog to catch all the action and live updates straight away from Hangzhou. Following is India's Day 7 schedule at the Asian Games on September 30:Golf4 AM: Avani Prashanth, Pranavi Sharath Urs, Aditi Ashok in Women's Individual Round 3Avani Prashanth, Pranavi Sharath Urs, Aditi Ashok in Women's Team Round 37:30 AM: Anirban Lahiri, SSP Chawrasia, Khalin Joshi, Shubhankar Sharma - Men's Individual & Team Round 3Equestrian5:30 AM: Vikas Kumar, Apurva Kishor Dabhade, Ashish...
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Asian Games: Tennis duo Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan claim silver in doubles final | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian tennis duo Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan secured a silver medal in the men's doubles final at the ongoing Asian Games.Facing off against the formidable Chinese Taipei pair of Yu-hsiou Hsu and Jason Jung, Myneni and Ramanathan put up a fierce fight. However, they ultimately conceded victory with a score of 4-6, 4-6, clinching a well-deserved silver medal.Asian Games Day 6This achievement marks India's first medal in tennis at the Hangzhou Asian Games, and it's a testament to the dedication and prowess of the Indian tennis contingent."10/10 on Performance! India's Doubles pair of @ramkumar1994 and @SakethMyneni clinched the silver medal in the Finals, and their performance was nothing short of exceptional! This is India's 10th Silver medal so far And notably,...
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Asian Games: Rohan Bopanna-Rutuja Bhosale pair in semis, assured of atleast a bronze | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The mixed doubles pair of Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale on Thursday assured itself of a bronze medal, beating Kazakhstan's Zhibek Kulambayeva and Grigoriy Lomakin 7-5, 6-3 at the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou. With the win, the second-seeded Bopanna-Bhosale pair moved to the mixed-doubles semis. The first set seemed going into a tie-break as Kulambayeva was serving at 40-0 in the 12th game but the Kazakh lost her serve from that strong position.After that, there was hardly any fight from Kulambayeva and Lomakin in the second set.The win means, Bopanna, who is playing his last Asian Games at 43, will not go without a medal.Bopanna was earlier ousted from the men's doubles with partner Yuki Bhambri. The second-seeded team of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni also reach...
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Hangzhou Asian Games: Ramkumar-Saketh pair ensures medal in men’s doubles tennis | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni have secured a medal opportunity for India in tennis at the Asian Games by advancing to the men's doubles semifinals. However, Sumit Nagal and Ankita Raina faced disappointment as they lost their respective singles quarterfinals.The second-seeded Indian duo managed to fend off a late challenge from China's Zhizhen Zhang and Yibing Wu, ultimately winning 6-1, 7-6(8) in the quarterfinals.Their journey to the semifinals guarantees India at least a bronze medal. For Myneni, this will mark his third Asian Games medal, having previously won the men's doubles silver and mixed doubles gold in 2014.This will be the first-ever Asian Games medal for Ramanathan, who had a challenging 2023 season, enduring 17 first-round singles losses.Despite being c...
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Ahead of sixth Asian Games, Joshna Chinappa finds motivation to excel from Bopanna, Sreejesh | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Continuing to compete at a high level in professional sports in one's late 30s and 40s is an incredible challenge. However, squash veteran Joshna Chinappa draws inspiration to persist when she witnesses athletes like Rohan Bopanna and R Sreejesh defying the effects of age as they approach the twilight of their careers.Joshna, hailing from Coorg and now at 37 years old, is about to embark on her remarkable sixth appearance at the Asian Games. She originally debuted at the age of 15, which feels like several generations ago, way back in 2002.On the other hand, Bopanna, aged 43, who recently reached the men's doubles final at the US Open, and Sreejesh, the stalwart of Indian hockey, will likely be participating in their final Games. Their ability to maintain peak performance in ...
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Davis Cup: Heat, unpredictable weather could negate home advantage for India

Lucknow: As temperatures hit nearly 35-degrees Celsius on Friday, India and Morocco’s final training day gave them a taste of what was to come for their Davis Cup tie this weekend in Lucknow. The hot and humid conditions of Lucknow have been so brutal on the players that it has prompted organisers to delay the start of the matches by two hours in order to ease the physical strain on the players. The rubbers will begin at 2pm and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday respectively, hoping to play into the evening, even under the floodlights if needed, as temperatures settle. While hot home conditions have always played into the hands of India in past Davis Cup ties, perhaps going back decades, with most of the present-day players training and competing abroad, it is likely to be just as taxing on th...