Rohan Bopanna will pass Wimbledon “useless” | Tennis News
The Championships, starting June 27, banned Russian and Belarusian players from playing their event. The ATP and WTA Tours then retaliated by removing major ranking points.
The 42-year-old India’s No.1 in men’s doubles has had knee problems for the past few years, will reconsider if the tournament ends with points.
“It makes no sense to me at this age and at this stage of my career to play Wimbledon without points,” Bopanna said. “It’s the best of five, on the grass, where you go low for the ball…Points can be short, but you serve and steal, drive forward, put a lot of load on the knees.”
Bopanna called it a “very easy decision”. “The moment they announced there would be no points, I knew it was a chance for me to rest my body,” he said. “I will go home after Stuttgart and Queen’s.”
Bopanna, ranked No. 27 in the world, is on an upward trajectory in his rankings for the first time in four years.
The Bengaluru-based professional, who plays Roland-Garros alongside Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop, advanced to the men’s doubles pre-quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kazakh Andrey Golubev and Frenchman Fabrice Martin.
The Indo-Dutch couple made it to the first set and then fell 1-4 behind after the Dutchman was beaten in the opener of the second set. Bopanna and Middelkoop went on to win five games in a row.
In another men’s doubles match, Ramkumar Ramanathan and American Hunter Reese lost 3-6, 2-6 to sixth seeds Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhoff.
Sania Mirza and Czech Lucie Hradecka, the 10th seeds in women’s doubles, rallied to score a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over the Italian combination of Jasmine Paolini and Martina Trevisan.
The Indo-Czech duo took their time advancing in their first encounter, losing the first set and struggling to hold serves early in the second. Then from 1 to 2 in the second set, Sania and Hradecka succeeded nine games in a row, before the Italians intervened momentarily. The 10th seeds broke to close the game.
Sania and Hradecka will face the Slovenian pair of Kaja Juvan and Tamara Zidansek in the second round.
Sania Mirza and Croatian Ivan Dodig knocked out Laura Siegemund of Germany and Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico 7-6(4), 6-2 in a first-round mixed doubles match on Wednesday night.