Rohan Bopanna changes partner to play with American Rajeev Ram
As the curtain comes down on the 2012 ATP season, Rohan Boppana Davis Supper and the doubles partner of Mahesh Bhupathi, announced his partnership with American Rajeev Ram for the next season late last night.
Rohan and Rajeev will open their campaign in 2013 at the Chennai Open, where Rajeev won the title in 2009 partnering Eric Butorac. With their strong friendship off the court and shared love for grass surface, the duo is gunning for a great year on the tour.
The duo have been friends on and off the tour for over a decade, had decided a few months ago to combine forces to make what they believe an extremely formidable partnership, given their complementary styles of play and strong service games, according to a release here today.
Rohan and Mahesh Bhupathi had a successful year by winning two titles at Dubai and Paris and runner-up finish at the recently concluded season-ending London Masters.
Rohan had also attained his career-best ranking of 8 in March this year.
Speaking about his decision to change partners, Rohan said, "I played with Mahesh in 2012 with a special focus on preparing for the London Olympics and now that it's over, I want to concentrate on the ATP circuit and am eager to build a strong, sustainable partnership. Rajeev is a great player and given our individual strengths, and his command of the deuce court, I believe that we can complement each other very well on the court." With a career best doubles ranking of 33, 28-year old Rajeev, with his booming serve and solid groundstrokes, has maintained a fine balance between the singles and doubles circuits, choosing to however spend the last few years limiting his single appearances and concentrating on his doubles game. Partnering Scott Lipsky frequently over the last couple of years, Rajeev has won titles at Delray Beach and San Jose in 2011 and has won the St Petersburg Open in September of 2012 while partnering Nenad Zimonjic.