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Since he entered the professional tennis world in 2003, Rohan Bopanna has established himself as one of the best doubles players in ATP tournaments. In this category, he was ranked 43rd in 2008, after winning the Los Angeles Open.

 

Rohan has represented India in the Davis Cup on many occasions since 2002.  Rohan teamed up with Aisam Qureshi - who is also a Champion for Peace - in men’s doubles in 2007. The duo went on to win four Challenger titles in quick succession. However, it was only in the 2010 season that the pair broke into the top 10 doubles teams. That year, they reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, finished runners-up in the US Open and in five ATP Tour events, and won the Johannesburg Open.

 

In June 2010 Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi decided to join forces during the prestigious Wimbledon tennis tournament to send a message of peace through sport to their respective countries. Their warm-up and training gear was specially created for the occasion, displaying a strong message: "Stop War! Start Tennis! ". An initiative that was unanimously appreciated by the other competitors and the international press. 


 

 
Acting together with Peace and Sport

 

Within the frame of the "Stop War! Start Tennis!” campaign and with the support of Peace and Sport, Rohan and Aisam are now working to organize a friendly match at the Wagah border, a place that symbolizes the underlying tensions between India and Pakistan.

 

Together they won the Award of the Peace and Sport Image of the Year 2010, as recognition of their efforts to bring political authorities from their respective countries closer together through their friendship  and personal commitment.

 
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