Rohan Bopanna looks forward to season-opener in Adelaide

The close bonding with his family, the camaraderie with players and a fine sense of humour keep Rohan Bopanna cheerful most of the time. It is no different in Adelaide where he is on a 72-hour quarantine before the first ATP event of the season.

“The good thing is, I have my family with me here. And, we can train during quarantineโ€™โ€™, said Bopanna, happy to have his two-year-old daughter around.

For three days, it will only be hotel and practice courts, walking distance from each other.

“Sania is also here with her son and dad. It is niceโ€™โ€™, said Bopanna.

The Indian party does not end there, as Bopanna reveals that he would be playing the first tournament with the countryโ€™s best ranked singles player, Ramkumar Ramanathan.

“My partner for the season, Edouard Roger Vasselin is busy with the ATP Cup in Sydney. I am lucky that Ramkumar was available to play doubles this weekโ€™โ€™, said Bopanna, the former world No.3 doubles star.

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“It was the best thing to do for Ramkumar to be here in advance, to get used to the conditions and hoping to get into the singles qualifying event. He may now get to play both singles and doublesโ€™โ€™, said Bopanna, quite happy to have friendly people around him to start the season.

At 41, Bopanna has all the enthusiasm to excel and break fresh ground on the tour.

“My target is to win a match in the first five monthsโ€™โ€™, laughed Bopanna, as he hinted at the miserable first half he had in 2021, hardly winning two matches in the first five months in about 11 tournaments.

He did have a good season, winning a few rounds in Grand Slams, apart from reaching a semifinal and many quarterfinals on the ATP Tour.

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“For three weeks I had good training at the Academy in Bengaluru, doing yoga as well. The fitness helps me enjoy the Tour. I get along very well with Ramkumar. Win or lose, it does not matter, as long as I enjoy playingโ€™โ€™, said Bpanna.

He is also happy about the national champion Niki Poonacha getting sharp for the season at the academy.

“Niki definitely has the game. He needs to be consistent. He is shaping up well. There are a few Challengers after the ATP event in Pune. Good chance to do wellโ€™โ€™, said Bopanna.

The countryโ€™s No.1 doubles player signed off with a warning, saying that he had met Frederik Nielsen of Denmark earlier in the day, and the Belgian was happy about playing the Davis Cup tie on grass in Delhi.

“Nielsen is a Wimbledon championโ€™โ€™, reminded Bopanna, about the Dane winning the Wimbledon doubles title in 2012.

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