IMAGE: India’s Rohan Bopanna reacts. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters
India’s Rohan Bopanna will emerge from his 14-day quarantine in Melbourne afterward Saturday with a spring in his step after his quest for a new doubles partner for subsequent month’s Australian Open lastly ended.
The former doubles world quantity three is one in every of 72 gamers who’ve been confined to their lodge rooms in Melbourne after fellow passengers on the flights that introduced them to Australia examined constructive for COVID-19.
Compounding his drawback, Bopanna was pressured into trying to find a new partner after Joao Sousa was unable to journey to Australia on time after testing COVID-19 constructive.
“Playing with Ben McLachlan from Japan in Australian open,” Bopanna instructed Reuters in a message on Saturday. McLachlan is a New Zealand-born participant who represents Japan.
He will group up with China’s Duan Yingying for the blended doubles.
In subsequent week’s ATP occasion at Melbourne Park, Bopanna will partner Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen within the males’s doubles.
Denied coaching like most different gamers, Bopanna earlier instructed Reuters he had been counting on train bands and mats to remain match.