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Bhupathi and Bopanna set to renew partnership for rest of 2013

New Delhi, Apr 3 (): Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have decided to reunite for the rest of the season after playing with different partners in the initial months of 2013.

Both the players re-join as partners with the Monte Carlo Masters, starting on April 14 and their partnership will end when Bhupathi retires from playing the game by the end of the year.

Bhupathi and Bopanna, India’s top doubles players ranked 10th and 12th respectively, had teamed up in the 2012 season aiming for an Olympic medal but split for the year 2013 as they looked for young partners.

Their combo in 2012 worked very well and they won two ATP titles in Paris and Dubai, besides reaching the final of the ATP World Tour Finals. After Bhupathi had declared that 2013 would be his last year on the journey, Bopanna went for a new partner. The decision was mainly to help 33-year-old Bopanna get better results as Bhupathi’s responses were slowing due to age factor. He is 38.

Bhupathi had played with Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Michael Llodra while Bopanna played with American Rajeev Ram and Briton Colin Fleming.

Speaking on the partnership, Bhupathi said that they had a really good run last year and had found a rhythm in their game while having a great time playing together. They had a refined understanding of each other’s game and got well on and off the court. All strong characteristics that they knew would translate into a successful partnership for them on the tour, Bhupathi said.

Bopanna added that playing with Mahesh had been a great learning experience for him and they had made a formidable doubles team. With enthusiasm, Bopanna said while they would work towards improving on last year’s performances and they would make a solid team with the knowledge that they both had with each other’s backing throughout.