In a recent interview, 2024 Australian Open men’s doubles champion Rohan Bopanna shared anecdotes of playing cricket with tennis legend Roger Federer. Bopanna also commended Federer’s down-to-earth nature off the court, highlighting his willingness to engage with players of all ranks despite his stature.
Bopanna clinched his first Grand Slam men’s doubles title in Melbourne alongside Australian partner Matthew Ebden. Their victory over Italy’s Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori propelled them to the top spot in the ATP men’s doubles rankings.
Reflecting on his career and memorable experiences, Bopanna joined Indian influencer Dilip Kumar for a conversation. The discussion naturally led to Bopanna’s encounters with Federer, prompting him to share insights into Federer’s impact on and off the court.
Acknowledging Federer’s influence, Bopanna praised the Swiss maestro for not only his sporting achievements but also his exemplary character and demeanor towards fellow players.
“I think how he changed the sport, not only on the court but off the court as well,” said Rohan Bopanna. “He was somebody who communicated with all the players and understood them. Even though he was such a great champion, no matter where he met some players, he was always amazing.”
Bopanna fondly recalled their moments of camaraderie, revealing instances of playing cricket with Federer in the locker room area at Wimbledon.
“There were many times when we were at Wimbledon in the locker room, you know, Roger and I used to play cricket,” he shared with a smile. “I think there were three times we were at the warm-up area with a similar juncture because we were playing matches which were similar times on different courts, and we happened to be there.”