Indian Doubles Tennis winning mantra pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan will be partners beginning from the 2019 season. After winning the gold at Jakarta in the 2018 Asiad, the pair will come together for the upcoming tournaments of the Maharashtra Open, and the Australian Open.
A team which was formed by default after Indian tennis ace Leaner ace pulled out of the Asiad prior to the competition, battled the odds in Jakarta and will now have the opportunity to capitalise on their Asiad gold at the upcoming events of 2019.
Speaking to The Hindu, Bopanna said “I’m going to be playing with Divij from next year. We’re going to be playing together from Pune itself; then a tournament before going to the Australian Open and then we have the Davis Cup as well. It’s always nice to play with someone from your home country.”
“If that was not the case we wouldn’t have been trying to partner with each other,” he added.
The 38-year-old hailing from Coorg is positive about India’s chances against Italy at the Davis Cup Finals in February at Kolkata.
“At Wimbledon, getting hurt was not easy. I was almost not going to play the Asian Games. When you miss a lot of tournaments — I was defending a few points at the Toronto and Cincinnati Masters — it’s not easy.
“I completely missed the hard-court season and went straight to the US Open. I’m not worried about my ranking because I know that if I’d had a full season it would have been different.
“I’m glad to be fully fit again and playing.”
(Quotes: The Hindu)