It did not prove to be a successful reunion of Indo-Pak pair of Rohan Bopanna-Aisam Qureshi as they bowed out in the first round of the Mexican Open on Wednesday. Before Wednesday's game, the last time they took the court together was at the ATP event in Shenzen in 2014.
Bopanna-Qureshi were handed a relatively tough draw in the first round as they came up against second seeds Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray. The unseeded pair went down 7-6(4), 2-6, 1-10 in the opening round of the ATP 500 event.
To their credit, Bopanna and Qureshi took the first set in a tense tie-breaker. But from there on the Indo-Pak pair were blown off court.
Bopanna is currently ranked 42 in doubles while Qureshi is 48th. The pair had, earlier, clarified that their reunion was a one-off as their low combined ranking won’t let them qualify for the major tournaments.
The Indo-Pak pair enjoyed a good run in the initial years after joining forces. They paired up for the first time back in 2007 and since then reached the 2010 US Open final, won the 2011 Paris Masters and made their way to the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals after breaking into the top 10.
The pair won their first ATP doubles title at the 2011 Johannesburg Open. Besides that, the duo was also awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award for their ‘Stop War Start Tennis’ campaign.