Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna on Monday officially returned to top-10 in the ATP ranking doubles chart. That’s the boring part of the news.
And guess what that means?
He can book his ticket to Rio Olympics!
The climb in ranking means Bopanna secured a direct entry into the men’s doubles event of the Rio Olympic Games.
Bopanna being a top-10 player not only gets a direct entry but also has the choice to pick his partner for the men’s doubles event irrespective of his ranking.
(That in effect means: PACK YOUR BAGS, Leander! You are heading to your 7th Olympics!)
As an aside, before London 2012, a similar scenario prevailed where Bopanna ended up picking Mahesh Bhupathi as his partner, but this time around there are no viable options other than veteran Paes.
After exiting the French Open at quarterfinal stage, Bopanna needed defending champions Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig to lose in the semi-finals to return to top-10.
As Melo and Dodig lost, Bopanna gained a position to be ranked 10 in the doubles chart issued by ATP on Monday.
Veteran Leander Paes, who also made the quarterfinals, gained five places to be placed 46 now.
In the women’s doubles chart, Sania Mirza continued to be joint world number one with Swiss partner Martina Hingis. Prarthana Thombare was second-highest ranked player at number 209.
In the singles, Ankita Raina dropped out of top-300 as she lost 10 spots to be 306.
The next best players in the doubles for India are Purav Raja (103) Divij Sharan (114), Saketh Myneni (125), Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (134) and Mahesh Bhupathi (164).
In the singles, out-of-action Yuki Bhambri has now slipped six more places to 147 and is followed by Saketh (150) and Ramkumar Ramanathan (224).
With PTI inputs
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