Rohan Bopanna Set to Face N Sriram Balaji In a Rare All India Clash in the Third Round of French Open

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Rohan Bopanna

The French Open, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments, will witness an exciting showdown between two Indian players in the men’s doubles category. Rohan Bopanna and N Sriram Balaji will face off in the third round, creating a thrilling moment for Indian tennis fans.

Rohan Bopanna in Paris: So Far

Before this clash, Bopanna and his Australian partner, Matthew Ebden, had a mixed record on clay. They secured a walkover in the second round, which propelled them to this crucial encounter. Meanwhile, Sriram Balaji, who partnered with Mexican player Miguel Reyes-Varelas, showcased fine form throughout the tournament. His decision to team up with Reyes-Varelas came after his regular partner, Andre Begemann, suffered an injury.

In the opening round, Bopanna and Ebden defeated the unranked Brazilian duo of Marcelo Zormann and Orlando Luz in a hard-fought match. Their journey to the third round was further eased by a second-round walkover from their opponents, Thiago Seyboth Wild and Sebastien Baez.

Rohan Bopanna

The Battle Ahead

Now, the spotlight is on the all-Indian clash between Bopanna and Sriram Balaji. Both players are determined to make their mark at Roland Garros.

While Bopanna has a history of success on clay, including winning the French Open mixed doubles title in 2017, his performance in 2024 has been less consistent. He currently holds a 2-3 record on clay this year, with early exits in the Masters tournaments.

Sriram Balaji’s victory in the first round at the French Open has fueled hopes for his inclusion in the Indian men’s doubles team for the Paris Olympics. His maiden win at Roland Garros showcases his potential and adds to the intrigue of this matchup.

Despite the pressure, both players are ready to give their best and vie for a spot in the next round.

Where to Watch

The French Open is airing exclusively in India on Sony. (TV and OTT).
The match will air at 5 PM on June 3, 2024. (timings might change)

You can watch Roland Garros 2024 LIVE on Sony Sports Ten 5 SD & HD, Sony Sports Ten 2 SD & HD, Sony Sports Ten 3 SD & HD (Hindi), Sony Sports Ten 4 SD & HD (Tamil & Telugu).

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