Indo-Canadian duo of Leander Paes and Adil Shamasdin crashed out of the Wimbledon men’s doubles first round with a 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (2), 8-10 defeat to Austrian tandem of Julian Knowle-Philipp Oswald.
The other prominent Indian player, however, was successful on the day at the All England Club. The Indian and French pair of Rohan Bopanna and Edgar Roger-Vesselin beat All German team of Mischa Zverev and Dustin Brown 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Bopanna recently tasted Grand Slam success, having bagged the mixed doubles title with partner Gabriela Dabrowski at the French Open.
Leander Paes’ match lasted three hours and 59 minutes as he saw yet another men’s doubles Grand Slam competition come to an end. The 44-year-old Paes’ last men’s doubles Grand Slam victory came four years ago at the US Open while his last Grand Slam triumph was in 2016 at the French Open in the mixed doubles category.
Bopanna and partner will now battle British pair of Neal Skupski and Ken Skupski. On the back of his French Open win and ouster of Paes, Rohan Bopanna will once again carry the Indian expectations at the Wimbledon and will be hopeful of a second consecutive Grand Slam title.