A 37-year-old veteran created a history when he became the fourth Indian to win a Grand Slam Title in 2017 French Open Mixed Doubles in June 2017. Hailing from Karnataka, Rohan Bopanna, a professional tennis player, does not believe in giving up. Although he has endured many misses over the years including the 2010 US open doubles final, he never lost hope and with this recent achievement in French Open, he made it count. "What has happened, happened. I cannot change the past but can look forward," he shared his mantra which has helped him to sail through his tournaments.
Bopanna started playing tennis at the tender age of 11 and made his debut in 2002 for the Davis Cup. In a short span of time, he became a pro and was ranked World No. 3 in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings. He also represented India in 2012 London Olympics and 2016 RIO Olympics in Brazil. He grew up idolizing Swedish former World no. 1 professional tennis player Stefan Edberg. Bopanna has also played with famous Indian tennis players including Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes, and Sania Mirza.
An alumnus of Jain University, Rohan has become an inspiration for students interested in pursuing sports as a career opportunity. He has received several accolades for his efforts in the field of tennis. As a true philanthropist, Rohan actively donates parts of his profits to NGOs working towards empowering talent in the field of sports.
He owes his success to Jain University which supported him in achieving his dream. "Jain University has been a backbone for many sportspersons and I am fortunate to be one of them. The institution helped me with the sponsorship for ITF Tennis Tournament held at Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia. Jain University is one of the very few institutions that focus on academics and sports equally," he said.
In recent times, he has mostly played doubles matches in professional tournaments identifying himself as one of the excellent doubles players in India. He has achieved a career ranking of World No. 213 in 2007 in singles matches and his career ranking in doubles was World No. 3 in 2013.
The Jain Alumni team wishes him the best. Let him be the part of more breathtaking and excellent matches in the future.