Bopanna makes a comeback

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Rohan Bopanna, the lanky tennis player from Coorg, is making a comeback after being out of action for almost two years.

Bopanna makes a comeback

New Delhi:

Rohan Bopanna, the lanky tennis player from Coorg, is making a comeback after being out of action for almost two years. Though he's already won a title in Kuwait, a lot more hard work will be needed to get him back his place in the Davis Cup team. Tough times He was once nicknamed Bofors for his booming serves, but Rohan Bopanna has the rest of the arsenal as well. That's why he's top seeded at the ITF satellite event being played at the National Tennis Academy in Gurgaon. Being out of action since 2003 because of a shoulder surgery means he's been through what is the toughest test for any sportsperson. "It's a very demoralising situation, especially when this is my bread and butter and when others are going ahead," said Rohan Bopanna, professional tennis player. Focus on fitness One of Bopanna most memorable performances was taking the then French Open finalist Martin Verkerk to a marathon five-setter in a Davis Cup tie in Holland in 2003. Clearly, that's the level of fitness that the 25-year-old is hoping to achieve, and he wants his nickname to stay though he doesn't know how it all originated. Bofors has already been firing on all cylinders. A successful comeback has already taken his ranking to 460 and hopefully things can only get better from here. "I will be playing in Spain, Italy, going to USA for challengers, hoping to get a higher rank and then make my way into the Davis Cup team," said Bopanna. However with Harsh Mankad, Prakash Amritraj and Leander Paes who recently played singles, making a Davis Cup comeback may not be as easy as pulling out an ace.

Topics : Tennis Andy Roddick Lukas Dlouhy Rohan Bopanna Leander Paes Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Maria Sharapova
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