Bopanna and Ram had earlier appeared as a team at the Australian Open [ Images ] in 2008, where they proceeded to the pre-quarters defeating higher ranked teams along the way.
The organisers had earlier announced that the country's top doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi [ Images ] will be teaming up with world No. 5 doubles player Daniel Nestor [ Images ] of Canada [ Images ].
The Indian combo of Bhupathi and Bopanna, who had won two titles at Dubai [ Images ] and Paris and a runner-up finish at the just-concluded season-ending London [ Images ] Masters, had recently announced their decision to play with different partners in 2013.
Bopanna, along with Bhupathi, had compiled an impressive 34-22 match record and 2-3 in finals, and in the past also collaborated with players like Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi [ Images ] and American player Eric Butorac.
Bopanna and Ram, given their complementary styles of playing and strengths in critical areas of the sport, are looking for a good start at the season-opening tournament.
Bopanna has considerable experience on the doubles circuit and attained his career-best ranking of eight in March 2012. The 6 feet 4 inch Ram, on the other hand, captured his first ATP World Tour doubles title in Chennai in 2009, and later in Bangkok with partner Butorac. He is a talented singles and doubles player, and won the St Petersburg [ Images ] Open along with Nenad Zimonjic earlier this year.