Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, India’s top-ranked doubles players, will join hands again, it was announced here on Monday. The pair had split up following defeat in the ATP World Tour final in November last, but will reunite, starting with the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters later this month.

“We had a really good run last year, and had found a rhythm in our game while having a great time playing together.

“We have a refined understanding of each other’s games, and gel well on and off the court; all strong characteristics that I know will translate into a successful partnership for us on the tour. Also as the country’s top two doubles players, I don’t think either of us could have asked for a more dependable partner,” Bhupathi, who won the Dubai Open with Frenchman Michael Llodra last month, said in a statement.

Bopanna, who triumphed at the Marseille Open with Scot Colin Fleming in February, said: “Playing with Mahesh has been a great learning experience for me, and we make a formidable doubles team.

“We do make a solid team in the knowledge that we have each other’s back throughout.”

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