At various times we have heard many people say that age is just a number. However, experienced players who are active in the world of sports do not stop even if their body does not allow them.
Some of them will act considering that it is the last stage of their sports career. Very few will show their talent and dominate the sport they belong to. People with experience in various fields are called ‘old war horses’ in English. It needs a chest. Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna belongs to that category.
Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar became the first player to score a double century in ODI cricket at the age of 37. Here is Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is getting ready to lead the team in the upcoming IPL season at the age of 42. Rohan Bopanna has joined this list of great heroes.
Netizens sing and praise him on social media. This is because he won the Grand Slam title at the age of 43. By doing so, he became the oldest player to win a Grand Slam. His journey in the current Australian Open series is a bridge lesson for young players who are interested not only in tennis but also in various sports. It means ‘Run without stopping like Rohan Bopanna.. Gold will come for you’.
He started playing tennis at the age of 11 and is now 43 years old with a racket in his hands and fighting diligently on the court. His Grand Slam journey began in 2006. He has competed in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
He played in the finals of the 2010, 2023 season at the US Open in doubles. Played in the semi-finals of the 2022 season at the French Open. He played in the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2013, 2015 and 2023. Here he has won the title alongside Matthew Epton in the current Australian season. It was with him that he lost in the last 2023 US Open. His winning streak started from a 0-5 deficit in the first match of the current Australian season. He last played in the US Open mixed doubles final in 2010. After that, he played the final in this category again in 2023. In this 13-year span, he made 19 ties, 61 tries and played in the final again. Bopanna won this interlude with confidence.
In the mixed doubles category, he lost in the 2023 and 2018 Australian Open. Won the mixed doubles title at the 2017 French Open.
‘I’m level 43’ – After the Australian Open doubles win, Bopanna said: “I had said two years ago that I might retire because I didn’t win. I was unsuccessful for about five months. I thought that would be my last step. But my persistence and something within me made me not give up.
My partner Matthew Epton’s role in this success was crucial. Over the last few seasons, we have done tremendously. We have harvested it here. This win is very special.
The game of tennis is the best teacher. In that sense, Scott David, who has been with me for ten years, has been my greatest teacher. It is a very difficult journey. “This victory is not only mine but also yours,” he said. He mentions his age as ‘level 43’. Through this win, Bopanna has won a prize money of Rs.3.98 crores in Indian value.
Rohan Bopanna’s Australian Open win is an inspirational lesson for youngsters. It means that no matter what the situation may be, you have to fight with confidence and persistence and never give up.