Indian doubles tennis specialist Rohan Bopanna has criticized the comments of former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli's doubles tennis. In a recent interview, Bartoli said that doubles events need to be cut and that the money given to doubles players should be given to players in the Challenger events.
She also said that the doubles players were making a lot of money for doing much less work than the singles players and were able to travel with a six-member team, which she could not do while she played singles.
Rohan Bopanna says Marion Bartoli has got it wrong
The former World No.
3 in doubles, Rohan Bopanna was speaking on the Instagram chat show Chai with Raja that was hosted by Indian doubles specialist Purav Raja and featured Stephen Amritraj, world No.19 Alison Riske and doubles players Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Rajeev Ram.
Bopanna said, “She (Bartoli) doesn’t know enough facts. She has played doubles and made a lot of money. She needs a cup of coffee. That will wake her up." This year's Australian Open doubles champ Rajeev Ram said that only 19% of the total prize money goes towards doubles currently and also hoped that it could be marketed better.
Several other players, including current World No. 3 in doubles Nicolas Mahut, had criticized the comments of Bartoli, who won the Wimbledon singles title in 2013 and announced her retirement thereafter. Mahut had said, “I'm jealous!
I thought I had a large staff, can you introduce me to the doubles player who travels with six people please?” 40 year old Rohan Bopanna has been a member of the Indian Davis Cup team since 2002. He has won one Grand Slam title - at the 2017 French Open mixed doubles title with Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski to become the fourth Indian player to win a Grand Slam title.
In 2010, he finished as a runner-up in doubles at the US Open, partnering with Qureshi. For his efforts in bridging political barriers through sports, Bopanna was nominated in 2010 as a Champion for Peace by Monaco-based organization, Peace and Sport.
Recognized globally for their campaign "Stop War Start Tennis", Bopanna was awarded the renowned Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award in 2010, along with Qureshi.