French Open 2017: Rohan Bopanna Enters the Roland Garros Hall of Fame
Bopanna entered the select group of Asians, who have won a Grand Slam title, and only the 4th Indian to claim a Grand Slam Trophy after Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, and Mahesh Bhupathi, when he and his Doubles partner for French Open 2017 Gabriela Dabrowski beat Colombia’s Robert Farah and Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 to win the French Open Mixed Doubles title.
The Indo-Canadian pair, who lost the first set, made a strong comeback to down their opponents 2/6, 6/2, 12/10 to win the final.
It was the first ever Grand Slam title for both Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski, who became the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam trophy.
Rohan Bopanna found immediate accolades from all over the world, as the All India Tennis Association announced that it will recommend Rohan Bopanna’s name for prestigious Arjuna Award, which is given by the Government of the country to recognize outstanding national and international achievement of sportspersons.
In an interview to a national daily newspaper, Rohan said “I have started to control the points better. I am playing my best tennis. I have matured over the years. I know how to handle those situations better. I have lost close matches, the Wimbledon semis, played the Masters series consistently. There were no nerves and that was a big difference,”
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