Rohan Bopanna won his first ever Major title with Gabriela Dabrowski, who became the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam trophy.(Photo: AP)
New Delhi: Acknowledging the Grand Slam feat of Rohan Bopanna, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has decided to send his name to the government for this year’s Arjuna award.
Bopanna on Thursday won his maiden Grand Slam title by winning the mixed doubled trophy at the French Open with Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski.
"We will recommend Rohan’s name for Arjuna today. We have recommended his name several times in the past but the previous committees did not give him the award. Now he deserves this honour. He should be given the award this time," AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee said.
"We have also recommended the name of Rushmi Chakaravarthy for the Arjuna," he added. When reminded that the deadline to send application has already expired, Chatterjee said, "We will still try to do it today. It can be done."
In a release, the AITA said: "This is a well-deserved victory. We wish him more success in the years to come. His victory will be a morale booster for young tennis players.