One of the most important dilemmas elite sportspersons face is the timing of their retirement. Ash Barty walked away at 25 whereas being World No.1 and the defending champion at two of the three Majors she gained. Roger Federer – and probably Rafael Nadal – stopped solely when the physique couldn’t take it any longer.
Rohan Bopanna appears to have discovered the candy spot. The doubles star’s resolution to finish his Davis Cup journey with the World Group II tie in opposition to Morocco right here this weekend comes at a time when he’s ranked No.7 on this planet – his highest since Oct. 2013. And two of the 5 Slam finals he has reached in his profession have are available in 2023.
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But at 43, he is aware of that the physique can do with a couple of further weeks of relaxation, particularly when he desires to extend his ATP Tour profession a bit extra. The likelihood to finish it at dwelling has solely added to the attract.
“I certainly admire his longevity,” former India Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj informed Sportstar. “To be 43 and be able to play at this level is incredible. Having had him on my team for five years, [I can say] he’s a great guy. Was always helpful when I had to make decisions. He knew the players better than I did. Overall just a very fine person.”
Somdev Devvarman, considered one of India’s foremost singles gamers and Bopanna’s teammate for practically a decade, mentioned the latter was a consummate teamman, and recollected a few of his well-known singles wins to drive dwelling the purpose.
“I distinctly remember the away match in South Africa in 2009,” Devvarman informed Sportstar. We hadn’t made the World Group in a decade. It was a tricky tie, and Rohan beat Rik de Voest in 4 units after shedding the primary set in like quarter-hour.
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“He had that kind of a game…could play against top players, hang in there and give himself a chance. When I was playing, Rohan played singles with me. He was a mainstay…was always my senior and looked out for us.”
The lack of such a participant would depart an enormous gap Amritraj mentioned. “Whether he played doubles with Leander [Paes], Saketh [Myneni] or Yuki [Bhambri], I, as captain, could always rely on that one point,” he mentioned. “I was fairly sure that we had that point in the bag…thanks mostly to Rohan. But there’s nobody at this point to step into his shoes.”
Devvarman, nonetheless, felt that it was time for the youthful lot to redouble their efforts. “Rohan has given a lot for the country. Playing 50 ties is crazy. Now, the rest have to step up. The 14 and 15-year-olds should see this as a massive opportunity to be the country’s next flag bearer.”