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Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi(Telugu) born June 7, 1974 in Chennaimarker, India) is an Indian professional tennis player. He is among the best doubles tennis players in the world with 11 Grand Slam titles to his credit. In 1997, he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament (with Rika Hiraki). . With his win of the Australian Open Mixed Doubles in 2006, he joined the elite group of eight tennis players who have achieved a Career Mixed Doubles Grand Slam. In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest awards. Bhupathi is an alumnus of the University of Mississippimarker in the United States. He was married to model Shvetha Jaishankar, but the couple has now separated.

Career

Mahesh Bhupathi is best known as one of the top doubles players in the 90's and the 00's. In 1999, Bhupathi won three doubles titles with Leander Paes including Roland Garrosmarker and Wimbledonmarker. He and Leander became the first doubles team to reach finals of all four Grand Slam, 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 Openmarker mixed doubles with Ai Sugiyama of Japan.

In 2006, Bhupathi teamed with Martina Hingis in the Australian Open 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 Czechmarker Radek Štěpánek reached the 2007 Australian Open men's doubles event's quarterfinals. He teamed with Štěpánek 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 Zimonjić. At the 2007 U.S. Open, he and Zimonjić paired in doubles. After the U.S. Open, the team that beat Bhupathi and Štěpánek in the French Open semifinals, Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor, split. Bhupathi was to become the new partner of Mark Knowles while Zimonjić will partner Nestor, but back surgery means he is now expected to be out until the end of the year.

In 2009, Bhupathi and doubles partner Sania Mirza won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Openmarker, beating Nathalie Dechy (France) and Andy Ram (Israel) 6-3, 6-1 in the final in Melbourne. The ace Indian pair thus made up for the disappointment of last year's final when they were beaten by Tiantian Sun and Nenad Zimonjic. With this win, Bhupathi's count in mixed doubles Grand Slam titles swells to seven.

Grand Slam titles

Doubles

Wins (4)
Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
1999 French Openmarker Clay Leander Paes Goran Ivanišević
Jeff Tarango
6–2, 7–5
1999 Wimbledonmarker Grass Leander Paes Paul Haarhuis
Jared Palmer
6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6
2001 French Openmarker (2) Clay Leander Paes Petr Pála
Pavel Vízner
7–6, 6–3
2002 U.S.marker Openmarker Hard Max Mirnyi Jiří Novák
Radek Štěpánek
6–3, 3–6, 6–4


Runner-ups (5)
Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
1999 Australian Openmarker Hard Leander Paes Jonas Björkman
Patrick Rafter
3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–610, 4–6
1999 U.S.marker Openmarker Hard Leander Paes Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
6–7, 4–6
2003 Wimbledonmarker Grass Max Mirnyi Jonas Björkman
Todd Woodbridge
6–3, 3–6, 6–74, 3–6
2009 Australian Openmarker (2) Hard Mark Knowles Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–2, 5–7, 0–6
2009 U.S.marker Openmarker (2) Hard Mark Knowles Lukáš Dlouhý
Leander Paes
6–3, 3–6, 2–6


Mixed doubles: 10 (7-3)

By winning the 2006 Australian Open title, Bhupathi completed the mixed doubles Career Grand Slam. He became the eight male player in history to achieve this.
Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1997 French Openmarker Clay Rika Hiraki Patrick Galbraith
Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1998 Wimbledonmarker Grass Mirjana Lucic Serena Williams
Max Mirnyi
6-4, 6-4
Winner 1999 US Openmarker Hard Ai Sugiyama Donald Johnson
Kimberly Po
6–4, 6–4
Winner 2002 Wimbledon Grass Elena Likhovtseva Daniela Hantuchová
Kevin Ullyett
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 2003 French Open Clay Elena Likhovtseva Lisa Raymond
Mike Bryan
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2005 Wimbledon (2) Grass Mary Pierce Paul Hanley
Tatiana Perebiynis
6–4, 6–2
Winner 2005 US Open (2) Hard Daniela Hantuchová Katarina Srebotnik
Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–2
Winner 2006 Australian Openmarker Hard Martina Hingis Elena Likhovtseva
Daniel Nestor
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2008 Australian Open Hard Sania Mirza Sun Tiantian
Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(4), 6–4
Winner 2009 Australian Open (2) Hard Sania Mirza Nathalie Dechy
Andy Ram
6–3, 6–1


Finals (79)

Wins (45)

Legend (pre/post 2009)
Grand Slam (4)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (12)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (6)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (23)
Titles by Surface
Hard (26)
Clay (13)
Grass (1)
Carpet (5)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. April 14, 1997 Chennai, India Hard Leander Paes Oleg Ogorodov
Eyal Ran
7–6, 7–5
2. May 5, 1997 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Leander Paes Petr Luxa
David Škoch
6–1, 6–1
3. August 4, 1997 Montréal, Canada Hard Leander Paes Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
7–6, 6–3
4. August 18, 1997 New Haven, U.S. Hard Leander Paes Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
5. October 6, 1997 Beijing, China Hard (i) Leander Paes Jim Courier
Alex O'Brien
7–5, 7–6
6. October 13, 1997 Singapore Carpet Leander Paes Rick Leach
Jonathan Stark
6–4, 6–4
7. January 12, 1998 Doha, Qatarmarker Hard Leander Paes Olivier Delaître
Fabrice Santoro
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
8. February 16, 1998 Dubaimarker, UAEmarker Hard Leander Paes Donald Johnson
Francisco Montana
6–2, 7–5
9. April 13, 1998 Chennai, India Hard Leander Paes Olivier Delaître
Max Mirnyi
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
10. May 18, 1998 Romemarker, Italy Clay Leander Paes Ellis Ferreira
Rick Leach
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
11. October 12, 1998 Shanghai, China Carpet Leander Paes Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
6–4, 6–7, 7–6
12. November 9, 1998 Paris, France Carpet Leander Paes Jacco Eltingh
Paul Haarhuis
6–4, 6–2
13. April 12, 1999 Chennai, India Hard Leander Paes Wayne Black
Neville Godwin
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
14. June 7, 1999 French Openmarker, Paris Clay Leander Paes Goran Ivanišević
Jeff Tarango
6–2, 7–5
15. July 5, 1999 Wimbledonmarker, London Grass Leander Paes Paul Haarhuis
Jared Palmer
6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6
16. May 29, 2000 St. Poelten, Austria Clay Andrew Kratzmann Andrea Gaudenzi
Diego Nargiso
7–6, 6–7, 6–4
17. October 16, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard Leander Paes Michael Hill
Jeff Tarango
6–4, 6–7, 6–3
18. April 30, 2001 Atlanta, U.S. Clay Leander Paes Rick Leach
David Macpherson
6–3, 7–6
19. May 7, 2001 Houston, U.S. Clay Leander Paes Kevin Kim
Jim Thomas
7–6, 6–2
20. June 11, 2001 French Openmarker, Paris Clay Leander Paes Petr Pála
Pavel Vízner
7–6, 6–3
21. August 13, 2001 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard Leander Paes Martin Damm
David Prinosil
7–6, 6–3
22. January 7, 2002 Chennai, India Hard Leander Paes Tomáš Cibulec
Ota Fukarek
5–7, 6–2, 7–5
23. May 6, 2002 Majorca, Spain Clay Leander Paes Julian Knowle
Michael Kohlmann
6–2, 6–4
24. May 20, 2002 Hamburgmarker, Germany Clay Jan-Michael Gambill Jonas Björkman
Todd Woodbridge
6–2, 6–4
25. August 26, 2002 Long Island, U.S. Hard Mike Bryan Petr Pála
Pavel Vízner
6–3, 6–4
26. September 9, 2002 U.S.marker Openmarker, New York Hard Max Mirnyi Jiří Novák
Radek Štěpánek
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
27. April 14, 2003 Estorilmarker, Portugal Clay Max Mirnyi Lucas Arnold Ker
Mariano Hood
6–1, 6–2
28. April 21, 2003 Monte Carlomarker, Monacomarker Clay Max Mirnyi Michaël Llodra
Fabrice Santoro
6–4, 3–6, 7–6
29. August 11, 2003 Montréal, Canada Hard Max Mirnyi Jonas Björkman
Todd Woodbridge
6–3, 7–6
30. October 6, 2003 Moscow, Russia Carpet Max Mirnyi Wayne Black
Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 7–5
31. October 20, 2003 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) Max Mirnyi Wayne Black
Kevin Ullyett
6–2, 2–6, 6–3
32. January 19, 2004 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Fabrice Santoro Wayne Black
Kevin Ullyett
4–6, 7–5, 6–3
33. March 8, 2004 Dubaimarker, UAEmarker Hard Fabrice Santoro Jonas Björkman
Leander Paes
6–2, 4–6, 6–4
34. May 10, 2004 Romemarker, Italy Clay Max Mirnyi Wayne Arthurs
Paul Hanley
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
35. July 12, 2004 Båstad, Sweden Clay Jonas Björkman Simon Aspelin
Todd Perry
4–6, 7–6, 7–6
36. August 2, 2004 Toronto, Canada Hard Leander Paes Jonas Björkman
Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–2
37. January 17, 2005 Sydney, Australia Hard Todd Woodbridge Arnaud Clément
Michaël Llodra
6–3, 6–3
38. September 18, 2006 Beijing, China Hard Mario Ančić Michael Berrer
Kenneth Carlsen
6–4, 6–3
39. October 2, 2006 Mumbai, India Hard Mario Ančić Rohan Bopanna
Mustafa Ghouse
6–4, 6–7, [10-8]
40. August 12, 2007 Montréal, Canada Hard Pavel Vízner Paul Hanley
Kevin Ullyett
6–4, 6–4
41. August 25, 2007 New Haven, U.S. Hard Nenad Zimonjić Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Marcin Matkowski
6–3, 6–3
42. March 2, 2008 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) Mark Knowles Sanchai Ratiwatana
Sonchat Ratiwatana
7–6, 6–2
43. March 8, 2008 Dubaimarker, UAEmarker Hard Mark Knowles Martin Damm
Pavel Vízner
7–5, 7–6
44. October 18, 2008 Basel, Switzerland Carpet Mark Knowles Christopher Kas
Philipp Kohlschreiber
6–3, 6–3
45. August 16, 2009 Montréal, Canada Hard Mark Knowles Max Mirnyi
Andy Ram
6–4, 6–3


Runner-ups (34)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
1. July 28, 1997 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Rick Leach Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
7–6, 6–4
2. November 23, 1997 Doubles Championships, Hartfordmarker Carpet Leander Paes Rick Leach
Jonathan Stark
6–3, 6–4, 7–6
3. October 19, 1998 Singapore Carpet Leander Paes Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
6–2, 6–3
4. November 2, 1998 Stuttgart Indoor, Germany Hard (i) Leander Paes Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
6–3, 3–6, 7–5
5. February 1, 1999 Australian Openmarker, Melbournemarker Hard Leander Paes Jonas Björkman
Patrick Rafter
6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 6–7, 6–4
6 September 13, 1999 U.S.marker Openmarker, New York Hard Leander Paes Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
7–6, 6–4
7. November 15, 1999 Doubles Championships, Hartfordmarker Carpet Leander Paes Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
6–3, 6–2, 6–2
8. June 19, 2000 Hallemarker, Germany Grass David Prinosil Nicklas Kulti
Mikael Tillström
7–6, 7–6
9. December 17, 2000 Doubles Championships, Bangaloremarker Hard Leander Paes Donald Johnson
Piet Norval
7–6, 6–3, 6–4
10. August 20, 2001 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard Sébastien Lareau Mark Knowles
Brian MacPhie
7–6, 5–7, 6–4
11. October 8, 2001 Moscow, Russia Carpet Jeff Tarango Max Mirnyi
Sandon Stolle
6–3, 6–0
12. October 29, 2001 Basel, Switzerland Carpet Leander Paes Ellis Ferreira
Rick Leach
7–6, 6–4
13. November 5, 2001 Paris, France Carpet Leander Paes Ellis Ferreira
Rick Leach
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
14. June 17, 2002 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Max Mirnyi Wayne Black
Kevin Ullyett
7–5, 6–3
15. August 12, 2002 Cincinnati, U.S. Hard Max Mirnyi James Blake
Todd Martin
7–5, 6–3
16. August 19, 2002 Indianapolis, U.S. Hard Max Mirnyi Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
7–6, 6–7, 6–4
17. October 21, 2002 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) Max Mirnyi Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
6–3, 7–5, 6–0
18. January 13, 2003 Sydney, Australia Hard Joshua Eagle Paul Hanley
Nathan Healey
7–6, 6–4
19. May 19, 2003 Hamburgmarker, Germany Clay Max Mirnyi Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
6–4, 7–6
20. June 16, 2003 London/Queen's Club, England Grass Max Mirnyi Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
5–7, 6–4, 7–6
21. July 7, 2003 Wimbledonmarker, London Grass Max Mirnyi Jonas Björkman
Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 6–3, 7–6, 6–3
22. October 13, 2003 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Max Mirnyi Yves Allegro
Roger Federer
7–6, 7–5
23. October 18, 2004 Moscow, Russia Carpet Jonas Björkman Igor Andreev
Nikolay Davydenko
3–6, 6–3, 6–4
24. January 10, 2005 Chennai, India Hard Jonas Björkman Yen-Hsun Lu
Rainer Schüttler
7–5, 4–6, 7–6
25. March 5, 2007 Dubaimarker, UAEmarker Hard Radek Štěpánek Fabrice Santoro
Nenad Zimonjić
7–5, 6–7, [10-7]
26. March 26, 2008 Miamimarker, U.S. Hard Mark Knowles Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–2, 6–2
27. April 27, 2008 Monte Carlomarker, Monacomarker Clay Mark Knowles Rafael Nadal
Tommy Robredo
6–3, 6–3
28. June 15, 2008 s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Leander Paes Mario Ančić
Jürgen Melzer
7–6, 6–3
29. August 23, 2008 New Haven, U.S. Hard Mark Knowles Marcelo Melo
André Sá
7–5, 6–2
30. October 6, 2008 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Mark Knowles Max Mirnyi
Andy Ram
6–1, 7–5
31. October 13, 2008 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) Mark Knowles Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Marcin Matkowski
6–4, 6–2
32. January 31, 2009 Australian Openmarker, Melbournemarker Hard Mark Knowles Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
2–6, 7–5, 6–0
33. April 26, 2009 Barcelona, Spain Clay Mark Knowles Daniel Nestor
Nenad Zimonjić
6–3, 7–6
34. September 13, 2009 U.S.marker Openmarker, New York Hard Mark Knowles Lukáš Dlouhý
Leander Paes
3–6, 6–3, 6–2


Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR
Grand Slams
Australian Openmarker A A A A A 1R SF F A 1R 2R 1R QF QF 3R QF SF F 0 / 12
French Openmarker A A A A A 2R SF W 2R W SF QF SF 1R QF SF 1R 3R 2 / 13
Wimbledonmarker A A A LQ LQ 1R 2R W 3R 1R QF F 3R 2R 1R A 1R QF 1 / 12
U.S.marker Openmarker A A A 2R LQ SF SF F 1R 1R W QF 3R 3R 1R 2R 3R F 1 / 14
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 4 / 51
Year-End Championship
Tennis Masters Cup A A A A A F RR F F RR NH RR RR A A A RR SF 0 / 9
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held 2R Not Held 2R Not Held SF Not Held QF NH 0 / 4
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Mastersmarker A A A A A A A SF A 1R 2R 2R SF 1R 1R 1R QF 2R 0 / 10
Miami Mastersmarker A A A A A 2R 1R 2R A A QF 1R 2R QF A 1R F 1R 0 / 10
Monte Carlo Mastersmarker A A A A A A SF 2R A SF 1R W QF QF SF 2R F QF 1 / 11
Rome Mastersmarker A A A A A A W 1R 1R 1R QF SF W SF 2R 1R 2R SF 2 / 12
Madrid Masters A A A A A QF F A 2R QF F W SF QF 1R A F 2R 1 / 11
Canada Masters A A A A A W SF A QF 1R 2R W W QF A W QF W 5 / 11
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A QF 1R 2R 1R W F SF QF QF 2R 2R SF SF 1 / 13
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series SF 0 / 1
Paris Masters A A A A A 1R W 2R 1R F 2R A SF A A A 2R 2R 1 / 9
Hamburg Mastersmarker A A A A A A QF 2R 2R 1R W F 2R QF 1R 2R 2R NMS 1 / 11
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 5 2 / 8 0 / 7 0 / 6 1 / 8 1 / 9 3 / 8 2 / 9 0 / 8 0 / 6 1 / 7 0 / 9 1 / 9 12 / 99
Tournament Wins 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 3 2 4 5 5 5 1 2 2 3 1 N/A
Year End Ranking 668 385 248 162 106 11 3 2 39 6 4 4 7 19 30 21 6 N/A


A = did not attend tournament.

NH = tournament not held.

LQ = lost in the qualifying draw.

NMS = not Masters Series

Davis Cup and Asian Games

Mahesh Bhupathi has donned Indian colors numerous times for the Davis Cup as well as other international fixtures including Asian Games.

Mahesh Bhupathi has played 46 matches for India in the Davis Cup (from 1995 to 2006), winning 28 and losing 18. Out of the 28 matches that he won, 20 of his victories came in doubles matches.

In 2006, Bhupathi won the doubles championship with Leander Paes at the Asian Games in Doha.

Relationship with Leander Paes

From the pinnacle of 1999 to the depths of 2006, the relationship between two top Indian players, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi has fluctuated, turning from great to bad to worse. The two forged a formidable partnership in the late 90s and steeply climbed the ladder of the doubles rankings. They played so well as a team such that it prompted the then top Australian doubles pair of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge (known as the Woodies) to predict that they expected Bhupathi and Paes to take their place in tennis doubles after they left the scene. Together with Paes, Bhupathi featured in several memorable grand slam matches, Olympic matches as well as Davis Cup matches for India. From such a high, the relationship between the pair gradually deteriorated and reached a point of no communication. The exact cause or causes for the rift has never been known so far though various factors like ego clashes, each player garnering more attention than the other have been rumoured over the years. Just after winning the 2006 Asian games, both of the players announced that they would never play again together. In spite of the cold relationship between them, they decided to play together in the Beijing 2008 Olympics for a possible medal chance in the doubles event. Bhupathi had initially shot a letter to the AITA stating that he did not want to play with Paes in the Olympic games preferring Bopanna instead as his partner.

Bhupathi had said, "Leander and I are best option for India but we need to go with some kind of preparation. We need to build a team. It's not about past performances. Rohan Bopanna and I are better prepared as a team", The AITA responded by saying that it would not change the doubles team pairing and that it was up to Paes and Bhupathi to ensure that the differences between them did not come in the way of national glory. (Reuters) However, Bhupathi and Paes decided to once again form a doubles pair, and entered the 2008 Ordina Open together to attain the second seed. They finished as Runners up in their comeback tournament. They partnered in the men's doubles event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but lost in the quarter finals
to Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, who went on to win the men's doubles gold medal .


Sports Management

Mahesh Bhupathi has also been involved in developing tennis facilities in India and along with his company Globosport he has played in a key role in developing and managing the careers of many Indian athletes including the new Indian tennis star, Sania Mirza.

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