Tennis Players From India To Become World Number 1 Ranker

In this article, we have mentioned information related to the tennis players from India who may rank number one in detail about each of them.

Indian tennis stars like Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza, and Rohan Bopanna achieved a lot, as they became the best in the world. With hard work, great skills, and strong partnerships, the No. 1 spot makes a big impact on tennis worldwide and motivates new players.

Rohan Bopanna 

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Rohan Bopanna has become a tennis legend in India because he has shown that age does not stop him from being the best in doubles tennis. He was born in 1980 and he fell in love with tennis in Bengaluru. His big break came in 2010 when he and his Pakistani partner made it to the US Open final, becoming the “Indo-Pak Express.” He has won a bunch of trophies, with 24 ATP Tour doubles titles which includes ones from big tournaments like the Paris Masters and Queen’s Club Championships. He even got two Grand Slam titles – the 2017 French Open mixed doubles and the 2024 Australian Open doubles with Matthew Ebden. Winning in Australia made him the world No. 1 at 43 which makes him the oldest first-time No. 1 ever in tennis. But it is not just about winning for Bopanna. He has been part of the Indian Davis Cup team since 2002 and helped them win in 2015. 

Sania Mirza

Tennis Players From India To Become World Number 1 Ranker
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Sania Mirza is not just a tennis player from India but also a trailblazer who made history. Even though she did not become the world number 1 in singles she is the first Indian woman (and second overall after Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi) to reach the top spot in doubles. This big moment happened on April 12th, 2015, after winning the WTA Family Circle Cup with her partner Martina Hingis. Her journey to the top was tough. She faced challenges like societal expectations for female athletes in India, injuries, and proving herself on the world stage. But she never gave up. Her partnership with Hingis was super successful she ended up winning 41 titles together which included Wimbledon in 2015, US Open in 2015, and Australian Open in 2016. Sania did not just stay at the top for a short time but she spent an amazing 91 weeks as the world number 1 in doubles. 

Leander Paes

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Leander Paes is a legendary Indian tennis player, who did not achieve the world No. 1 ranking yet in singles or doubles, but he reached great heights in doubles alongside Mahesh Bhupathi. They became the No. 1 doubles team in 1999 holding the top spot for an impressive 64 weeks. Although Rohan Bopanna recently made history by becoming the oldest player to reach No. 1 in doubles in January 2024, Paes remains a tennis icon who joined the exclusive list of Indians who have achieved the No. 1 ranking. His impact on Indian tennis is significant, with eight Grand Slam titles in doubles and ten in mixed doubles which makes him one of the most decorated doubles players ever. His partnership with Bhupathi has resulted in three Grand Slam titles and success with other partners, like Martina Navratilova.

Mahesh Bhupati

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Mahesh Bhupathi is a titan of Indian tennis who has not achieved the No. 1 ranking in singles yet but has shone in doubles. His historic partnership with Leander Paes reached the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings in 1999, a groundbreaking achievement for Indian tennis. This made them the first Indians to reach the top of any ATP or WTA rankings. His journey began in the early 1990s which shows his doubles skills with various partners. Their combined styles, with Bhupathi’s volleying and Paes’s versatile game, led to unstoppable success. They conquered tournaments like Wimbledon, French Open, US Open, and Australian Open which accumulated a total of 39 titles together.

Conclusion

In Indian tennis, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza, and Rohan Bopanna reaching the top of world rankings is like a colorful painting. Their success not only shows they are super good but also motivates lots of people, proving that Indian tennis can be the best in the world.

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