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French Open 2017: Rohan Bopanna warms up to clay courts

It was Indian tennis' Throwback Thursday minute on Twitter, kind of. Mahesh Bhupathi, now the skipper of India's Davis Cup group, posted a photograph from 20 years prior. That was the point at which he had quite recently won the first of his 12 Grand Slam wins, the 1997 French Open blended duplicates with Japan's Rika Hiraki. Close by it was another photo — that of the nation's most recent Major champ. 

In his fourteenth year on the Tour, Rohan Bopanna, in association with Gaby Dabrowski (who turned into the main Canadian lady to win a Grand Slam), recovered the monkey off his and turned out to be just the fourth Indian after Bhupathi, Leander Paes and Sania Mirza to win a Grand Slam. Like most things Bopanna, the win came the most difficult way possible. The seventh seeds spared two title focuses to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Colombia's Robert Farah. 

For all his undeniable ability and consistency on the pairs visit, the spotlight has once in a while been on Bopanna. 

For long a sideshow in Indian tennis' cleanser musical drama of choice disasters and camps, he has needed to play get up to speed and develop consistently. Be that as it may, the 37-year-old — India's most astounding positioned pairs player at 22 — has given the racquet a chance to do the talking of late. 

Bopanna began the year with the Chennai Open title with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and won April's Monte Carlo Masters with Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas. By chance, his last four Masters finals have all gone ahead mud, including April's Monte Carlo title. Bopanna, who truly didn't care for the surface amid the underlying years, has said that he has figured out how to adjust and has started to appreciate dirt in the recent years. 

Lesser crown 

Soothed as he might be in the wake of checking one box, Bopanna's next, ostensibly greater, test would be winning the men's duplicates title. All things considered, the blended occasion is played formally at just the four Grand Slams and the Olympics, and is seen by numerous as a bit of hindsight. Just two years back, Paes went out of control with Martina Hingis, gathering all Grand Slam blended duplicates titles aside from French Open, which they won in 2016. The safeguarding champions were thumped out in the first round this year, another case of the 43-year-old Paes' winding down forces. In any case, while Paes won the remainder of his eight men's pairs Grand Slam in 2013, Bopanna challenged his lone last seven years prior. 

Be that as it may, one can rely on the commonsense Bangalore man to draw certainty from his accomplishment and kick into another apparatus. Regardless, a French Open blended pairs title goes far in setting up him as the nation's go-to duplicates player. 

Another of Bhupathi's tweet recommends precisely that. "So pleased with rohanbopanna .. a long time of working, holding up and thumping on the entryway @rolandgarros #firstslam … Captain Khush Hua!!

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