At 43 years old, Rohan Bopanna has now become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title, a remarkable achievement in his illustrious career.
What a perfect conclusion to the Australian Open 2024 as Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden clinch the men's doubles title against Italy's Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori in the thrilling final at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. At 43 years old, Bopanna has now become the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title, a remarkable achievement in his illustrious career. Their victory also secures them the coveted World No. 1 ranking, to be officially crowned on Monday.
In a tightly contested match, the Indo-Australian pair showcased their resilience, with the first set going into a tie-breaker after ending 6-6. Bopanna's expertise in tie-break situations shone as he and Ebden secured a flawless 7-0 win. They continued their momentum in the second set, clinching it 7-6 to seal the title.
Post the victory, Bopanna said, "I'd like to congratulate Bole and Vava for the tournament they have had. You got to know how old I am thanks to Mat. But I'd like to say that I am at level 43. I am very lucky to have a fantastic Aussie partner. I feel happy to have won my first men’s doubles Grand Slam title. Tennis is such a great teacher and no one is better than Scot who has been with me for over a decade. It hasn't been easy but thank you for staying with me. Thank you to Rebecca, my physio, who keeps me moving. My in-laws are here tonight. They were here last time when I won the mixed doubles title. I don't know why they don't come to my matches often. Thank you to my lovely wife Supriya and my daughter Tritha. A few years ago, I sent her a video saying I was calling it quits because I hadn't won a match in five months. I am glad I did not then," he said.
Throughout the tournament, Bopanna and Ebden displayed top-notch form, prevailing in six set deciders, including two super tiebreaks, to reach their consecutive Grand Slam final together. Bopanna's ascent to the top of the ATP Doubles Rankings marks a historic moment, making him the oldest No. 1 in history.
While Bopanna boasts an impressive record with 24 tour-level doubles titles, he was waiting for a Grand Slam win. Ebden, however, previously tasted success at Wimbledon in 2022 with Max Purcell.