India’s Rohan Bopanna and his men’s doubles partner Matthew Ebden of Australia have made it to the second round of Wimbledon 2023. Rohan and Matthew defeated the Argentinian pair of Guillermo Duran and Tomas Etcheverry in a hard-fought match. The sixth seeded Indo-Australia pair defeated the Argentinian pair 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (10-8) in their first round match. The match lasted for two hours and 12 minutes.
Bopanna, 43, and Ebden, 35, who won two doubles titles on the ATP Tour earlier this year, will next face unseeded British pair of Jacob Fearnley and Johannus Monday in the Wimbledon 2023 second round on Sunday.
Earlier, Bopanna and Ebden won the Qatar Open in February. While in March the Indian player became the oldest player to win a Masters Series tournament (ATP1000) at Indian Wells. Bopanna then broke the record held by Canadian Daniel Nestor, who won the Cincinnati Masters in 2015 at the age of 42.
On the other hand, Bopanna will pair up with Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski in the mixed doubles on Saturday. The sixth seeded pair will take on the unseeded pair of Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Latisha Chan of Chinese Taipei. Meanwhile, Indian tennis players Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni will also start their men’s doubles campaign on Saturday. The two Indians, who entered Wimbledon as last-minute substitutes, will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain and Adrian Mannarino of France in the Wimbledon 2023 opening round.
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and N Sriram Balaji, another Indian pair will also start their men’s doubles of Wimbledon 2023 campaign on Saturday. After making it to the main draw as alternates, the Indian pair will take on second seeds Austin Krajicek and Ivan Dodig of USA in the opening round. However, there is no Indian player in the singles category at Wimbledon 2023 this year. Ankita Raina was the only Indian in the singles qualifiers, where she made an early exit.