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Mahesh Bhupathi

Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi (born June 7, 1974, Chennai, India) is a professional tennis player from India. He is married to Shvetha Jaishankar Bhupathi. He turned professional in 1995, and in 2001, he was awarded the Padma Shri. He currently resides in Bangalore and is among the best doubles tennis players in the world with 10 grand slam titles to his credit including mixed doubles. In 1997, he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament (with Rika Hiraki in Mixed Doubles).


n 1999, Bhupathi won three doubles titles with Leander Paes including Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He and Leander became the first doubles team to reach finals of all four Grand Slams, the first time such a feat has been achieved in the Open era and the first time since 1952. On April 26 that year, they became the World No. 1 doubles team. Bhupathi also won the US Open mixed doubles with Ai Sugiyama of Japan.

In 2006, Bhupathi teamed with Martina Hingis in the mixed doubles competition. Entering the tournament unseeded and as wildcards, the first-time pair defeated four seeded opponents along the way, while only dropping a single set throughout. Bhupathi and Hingis defeated the sixth-seeded team of Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva in straight sets, 6-3 6-3, to capture the championship. It was the sixth mixed doubles Grand Slam for Bhupathi, and a first for Hingis. By winning Australian Open, Bhupathi completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

In 2007, Bhupathi and Czech Radek Štepánek reached the 2007 Australian Open men's doubles event's quarterfinals. He teamed with Štepánek at the 2007 French Open to make the doubles semifinals, defeating dual-year defending champions Jonas Björkman and Max Mirnyi in the quarterfinals. The team lost to the eventual champions Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor. After Wimbledon Bhupathi teamed along with Pavel Vízner to win the 2007 Canada Masters defeating the top-ranked doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan en route. After this victory, he won a tournament in New Haven with Nenad Zimonjic. At the 2007 U.S. Open, he and Zimonjic paired in doubles. After the U.S. Open, the team that beat Bhupathi and Štepánek in the French Open semifinals, Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor, split. Bhupathi was to become the new partner of Mark Knowles while Zimonjic will partner Nestor, but back surgery means he is now expected to be out until the end of the year

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