Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni faced defeat in their respective opening-round men’s doubles matches at the US Open Tennis tournament, leaving veteran Rohan Bopanna as the sole remaining Indian contender. The ninth-seeded Polish duo of Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski convincingly overcame Bhambri and his Brazilian partner Marcelo Demoliner with a final score of 6-3, 7-5 in a contest lasting approximately 83 minutes.
Meanwhile, Saketh Myneni and his Russian partner Alex Karatsev clinched the first set via a tie-breaker but couldn’t maintain their momentum, succumbing to Serbian Laslo Djere and Swiss Marc-Andrea Huesler in the following two sets. The Serb-Swiss duo secured a victory with scores of 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-2, and the entire match extended for one hour and 44 minutes.
Myneni and his Russian counterpart failed to capitalize on their only break-point chance during the entire match, whereas the victorious team managed to secure three out of five break points in the second and third sets. Additionally, the Indo-Russian pair struggled with nine double faults and committed more than twice as many unforced errors (27) as the winning team (13).
Bopanna and Ebden secured a victory over Christopher O’Connell and Aleksandar Vukic with a score of 6-4, 6-2, earning them a spot in the second round. In the upcoming men’s doubles match, the sixth-seeded pairing of Bopanna and Matthew Ebden, representing India and Australia, respectively, will face off against the unseeded team comprised of Andrey Golubev from Kazakhstan and Roman Safiullin from Russia.
In July, the duo of Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden advanced to the semi-finals at Wimbledon. They also secured victories at the Qatar Open in February and the Indian Wells tournament in March. In the upcoming second round, Bopanna and his partner Aldila Sutijadi will face off against the German-Mexican pairing of Giuliana Olmos and Tim Puetz.