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Updated January 24th, 2024 at 22:13 IST

Four Indians have reached tennis World No.1: Who has stayed there for the longest?

With Rohan Bopanna becoming the new World No.1 in Tennis doubles, let's take a look at other Indians who have achieved this feat and how long was their reign.

Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, and Mahesh Bhupathi
Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, and Mahesh Bhupathi | Image:X.com
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Rohan Bopanna has conquered the summit in the doubles category. The 43-year-old becomes the oldest to reach the World No.1 Rankings. Teaming up with the Australian pro, Matthew Ebden, Bopanna has reached the semi-final of the Australian Open 2024 and thereby proclaimed his position at the top of the standings.

3 things you need to know

  • Rohan Bopanna reached the World No.1 ranking
  • Bopanna has reached to the top in the doubles category
  • Bopanna is the 4th Indian to get to the feat

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Bopanna is the 4th Indian to attain the World No.1 feat. Before him, players like Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, and Mahesh Bhupathi, have emerged to the top and have ruled the space.  

While reaching the World No.1 stature is perhaps the biggest accomplishment in the field of tennis, the numbers game still supersedes everything. Therefore, the impact of a player is gauged by observing the duration of his dominance. The number of weeks a player stayed at the top of the rankings is taken as the biggest parameter to devise the consistency of the player. Thus, considering that, let's figure out the reign of the Indians.

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Mahesh Bhupathi

Mahesh Bhupathi is India's first Grand Slam winner. His trophy cabinet showcases a total of 12 Grand Slams. He reached the No.1 ranking in the doubles category in 1999. He stayed at the top for 6 weeks.

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Leander Paes

One of the greatest ever to grace the court, Leander Paes, has a formidable record of winning 18 Grand Slams, across doubles and mixed doubles categories. The legendary player went to the top of the standings in 1999, and during a long career, he stayed at the position for a total of 37 weeks.

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Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza has been the longest reigning champion from India. The 6-time Grand Slam winner went to the No.1 position in 2015. Her reign lasted as long as 91 weeks.

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Published January 24th, 2024 at 22:13 IST

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