March 20, 2023

Rohan Bopanna becomes oldest Indian Wells champion | Tennis News

India’s Rohan Bopanna turned into the oldest ATP Masters 1000 champion when he and his Australian spouse Matt Ebden claimed the boys’s doubles crown on the BNP Paribas Open right here.

Matthew Ebden, of Australia, left, and teammate Rohan Bopanna, of India, hold up the winner's trophy (AP)
Matthew Ebden, of Australia, left, and teammate Rohan Bopanna, of India, cling up the winner’s trophy (AP)

The 43-year-old Bopanna and Ebden, 35, defeated top-seeded Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Neil Skupski of Britain 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 within the ultimate on Saturday.

“Truly special. It’s called Tennis Paradise for a reason,” stated Bopanna, who was once enjoying in his tenth ATP Masters 1000 ultimate.

“I’ve been, through the years, coming right here and seeing these types of guys win for such a lot of years. I’m truly glad that Matt and I had been in a position to do that and get this identify right here.

“It’s been some tough matches, close matches. Today we played against one of the best teams out there. Really happy that we got the trophy.”

Bopanna thus surpassed Daniel Nestor of Canada, who had claimed the 2015 Cincinnati Masters to turn out to be the oldest champion on the age of 42.

“I spoke to Danny Nestor and I told him sorry I’m going to beat his record,” he joked. “Winning the title, that stays with me, so really happy with that.”

It was once the 43-year-old’s 5th Masters 1000 doubles identify and primary since he received in Monte Carlo in 2017. This was once the 3rd ultimate of the yr for the Indo-Australian duo. He now holds 24 tour-level trophies in his cupboard.

The Indo-Australian pair shocked protecting and two-time wilderness titlists John Isner and Jack Sock within the semi-finals, whilst getting the at an advantage Canadian singles stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov within the quarters.

Bopanna and Ebden had defeated Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez of their opening fit.

A former World No. 3, Bopanna jumped 4 puts to No. 11 within the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Rankings.