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Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi (born 7 June 1974) is a retired Indian professional tennis player. In 1997, he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament (with Rika Hiraki).[a] With his win at the Australian Open mixed doubles in 2006, he joined the elite group of eight tennis players who have achieved a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. He is also the founder of International Premier Tennis League. In December 2016, Bhupathi was appointed as India's next non-playing Davis Cup captain and took over the reins from Anand Amritraj in February 2017.[2] He is also a part of the Hon. Board of Advisors of IIMUN.

Mahesh Bhupathi
Mahesh Bhupathi US Open 2009-2010-01-02.jpg
Bhupathi at the 2009 US Open
Full nameMahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi
Country (sports) India
Born (1974-06-07) 7 June 1974 (age 45)
Chennai, India
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1995
Retired2016
Prize money$6,665,907[1]
Singles
Career record10–28
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 217 (2 February 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (1998)
French OpenQ3 (1996, 1999)
Wimbledon1R (1997, 1998, 2000)
US Open1R (1995)
Doubles
Career record687–364
Career titles52
Highest rankingNo. 1 (26 April 1999)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1999, 2009, 2011)
French OpenW (1999, 2001)
WimbledonW (1999)
US OpenW (2002)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1997, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2012)
Olympic GamesSF – 4th (2004)
Mixed doubles
Career record115–53
Career titles8
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2006, 2009)
French OpenW (1997, 2012)
WimbledonW (2002, 2005)
US OpenW (1999, 2005)
Team competitions
Davis CupQF (1996)
Last updated on: 14 November 2016.

Contents

CareerEdit

1995–2006Edit

Mahesh Bhupathi is known as one of the top doubles players in the 1990s and 2000s. In 1999, Bhupathi won three doubles titles with Leander Paes, including the French Open and Wimbledon. He and Paes became the first doubles team to reach the 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 26 April of 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 Australian Open mixed doubles competition. Entering the tournament unseeded and as wildcards,[3] 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 the Australian Open, Bhupathi completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

2007–2008Edit

In 2007, Bhupathi and Radek Štěpánek reached the 2007 Australian Open men's doubles event's quarterfinals. Bhupathi teamed with Štěpánek at the 2007 French Open to make the doubles semifinals, defeating two-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 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 US Open, he and Zimonjić paired in doubles. After the US Open, the team that beat Bhupathi and Štěpánek in the French Open semifinals, Knowles and Nestor, split up. Bhupathi became Knowles' partner,[4] while Zimonjić became Nestor's, but back surgery meant he was out until the end of the year.[5]

2009–2012Edit

In 2009, Bhupathi and compatriot Sania Mirza won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open, beating Nathalie Dechy and Andy Ram, 6–3, 6–1, in the final. The Indian pair thus made up for the disappointment of the previous year's final when they were beaten by Sun Tiantian and Nenad Zimonjić. With this win, Bhupathi's count in mixed doubles Grand Slam titles increased to seven.

Bhupathi broke up his partnership with Knowles and began playing once again with Max Mirnyi, with whom he played to win the 2002 US Open.[6] In 2011, Bhupathi reunited with former playing partner Leander Paes for the 2011 Australian Open. The team reached the final, but lost 3–6, 4–6 to the Bryan brothers.[7] On 7 June 2012, Bhupathi and Sania Mirza won the French Open mixed doubles.[8] On 4 November 2012, Bhupathi and partner Rohan Bopanna won the Paris Masters cup.[9] In spite of suffering a setback with their loss against Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen in the ATP Tour Finals opener,[10] the Indian duo reached the final round of the ATP Tour Finals, but suffered a defeat at the hands of Marcel Granollers and Marc López.[11]

 
Bhupathi serves in his third-round match partnering Mark Knowles during the 2008 US Open.

2013Edit

Bhupathi and Bopanna played with different partners for the first three months of 2013, Bhupathi winning the tournament in Dubai in March with Michaël Llodra, but rejoined starting with the Monte-Carlo Masters.[12]

Playing StyleEdit

Mahesh Bhupathi is known for his big serve. According to Nadal, his strong back hand makes him the best for an Ad Court player. Roger Federer acclaims him as one of the best players of all time.[13] He often discusses strategies between the serves with his partner during the match and also communicates using finger-at-the-back signals.

Year-end finals[14]Edit

Bhupathi appeared with Paes in six season finales. In 2011, they appeared, for the first time since 2002, after securing qualification in mid-October.

Bhupathi played at the year-end championships with Paes from 1997–2000 and in 2002, reaching three finals. In 1997, they lost the final to Rick Leach and Jonathan Stark. They lost the 1999 final to Sébastien Lareau and Alex O’Brien. In 2000, they lost the final to Donald Johnson and Pieter Norval.

Bhupathi also qualified with Max Mirnyi in 2003, 2004, and 2010, when they finished runners-up to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić.

He appeared at the finals with Mark Knowles in 2008 and 2009. In 2012, he and Rohan Bopanna made it to the final, where they lost to Marcel Granollers and Marc López.

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Doubles: 10 (4 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1999 Australian Open Hard   Leander Paes   Jonas Björkman
  Pat Rafter
3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(12–10), 4–6
Win 1999 French Open Clay   Leander Paes   Goran Ivanišević
  Jeff Tarango
6–2, 7–5
Win 1999 Wimbledon Grass   Leander Paes   Paul Haarhuis
  Jared Palmer
6–7(10–12), 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Loss 1999 US Open Hard   Leander Paes   Alex O'Brien
  Sébastien Lareau
6–7(7–9), 4–6
Win 2001 French Open (2) Clay   Leander Paes   Petr Pála
  Pavel Vízner
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Win 2002 US Open Hard   Max Mirnyi   Jiří Novák
  Radek Štěpánek
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 2003 Wimbledon Grass   Max Mirnyi   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
6–3, 3–6, 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Loss 2009 Australian Open Hard   Mark Knowles   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–2, 5–7, 0–6
Loss 2009 US Open Hard   Mark Knowles   Lukáš Dlouhý
  Leander Paes
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 2011 Australian Open Hard   Leander Paes   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6

Mixed doubles: 12 (8 titles, 4 runner-ups)Edit

By winning the 2006 Australian Open title, Bhupathi completed the mixed doubles Career Grand Slam. He became the eighth male player in history to achieve this.

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1997 French Open Clay   Rika Hiraki   Lisa Raymond
  Patrick Galbraith
6–4, 6–1
Loss 1998 Wimbledon Grass   Mirjana Lučić   Serena Williams
  Max Mirnyi
4–6, 4–6
Win 1999 US Open Hard   Ai Sugiyama   Kimberly Po
  Donald Johnson
6–4, 6–4
Win 2002 Wimbledon Grass   Elena Likhovtseva   Daniela Hantuchová
  Kevin Ullyett
6–2, 1–6, 6–1
Loss 2003 French Open Clay   Elena Likhovtseva   Lisa Raymond
  Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Win 2005 Wimbledon (2) Grass   Mary Pierce   Tatiana Perebiynis
  Paul Hanley
6–4, 6–2
Win 2005 US Open (2) Hard   Daniela Hantuchová   Katarina Srebotnik
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–2
Win 2006 Australian Open Hard   Martina Hingis   Elena Likhovtseva
  Daniel Nestor
6–3, 6–3
Loss 2008 Australian Open Hard   Sania Mirza   Sun Tiantian
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(4–7), 4–6
Win 2009 Australian Open (2) Hard   Sania Mirza   Nathalie Dechy
  Andy Ram
6–3, 6–1
Loss 2011 Wimbledon Grass   Elena Vesnina   Iveta Benešová
  Jürgen Melzer
3–6, 2–6
Win 2012 French Open (2) Clay   Sania Mirza   Klaudia Jans-Ignacik
  Santiago González
7–6(7–3), 6–1

Olympic medal matchesEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 fourth place)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens Hard   Leander Paes   Mario Ančić
  Ivan Ljubičić
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 14–16

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 96 (52–44)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam (4–6)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–5)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (16–13)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (8–7)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (24–12)
Titles by Surface
Hard (32–26)
Clay (13–4)
Grass (2–6)
Carpet (5–7)
Outcome W–L Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score
Win 1–0 Apr 1997 Chennai, India Hard   Leander Paes   Oleg Ogorodov
  Eyal Ran
7–6, 7–5
Win 2–0 May 1997 Prague, Czech Republic Clay   Leander Paes   Petr Luxa
  David Škoch
6–1, 6–1
Loss 2–1 Jul 1997 Los Angeles, United States Hard   Rick Leach   Sébastien Lareau
  Alex O'Brien
6–7, 4–6
Win 3–1 Aug 1997 Montréal, Canada Hard   Leander Paes   Sébastien Lareau
  Alex O'Brien
7–6, 6–3
Win 4–1 Aug 1997 New Haven, United States Hard   Leander Paes   Sébastien Lareau
  Alex O'Brien
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
Win 5–1 Oct 1997 Beijing, China Hard (i)   Leander Paes   Jim Courier
  Alex O'Brien
7–5, 7–6
Win 6–1 Oct 1997 Singapore, Singapore Carpet   Leander Paes   Rick Leach
  Jonathan Stark
6–4, 6–4
Loss 6–2 Nov 1997 Hartford, United States Carpet   Leander Paes   Rick Leach
  Jonathan Stark
3–6, 4–6, 6–7
Win 7–2 Jan 1998 Doha, Qatar Hard   Leander Paes   Olivier Delaître
  Fabrice Santoro
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Win 8–2 Feb 1998 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Leander Paes   Donald Johnson
  Francisco Montana
6–2, 7–5
Win 9–2 Apr 1998 Chennai, India Hard   Leander Paes   Olivier Delaître
  Max Mirnyi
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Win 10–2 May 1998 Rome, Italy Clay   Leander Paes   Ellis Ferreira
  Rick Leach
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Win 11–2 Oct 1998 Shanghai, China Carpet   Leander Paes   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
6–4, 6–7, 7–6
Loss 11–3 Oct 1998 Singapore, Singapore Carpet   Leander Paes   Todd Woodbridge
  Mark Woodforde
2–6, 3–6
Loss 11–4 Nov 1998 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i)   Leander Paes   Sébastien Lareau
  Alex O'Brien
3–6, 6–3, 5–7
Win 12–4 Nov 1998 Paris, France Carpet   Leander Paes   Jacco Eltingh
  Paul Haarhuis
6–4, 6–2
Loss 12–5 Feb 1999 Melbourne, Australia Hard   Leander Paes   Jonas Björkman
  Patrick Rafter
3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, 4–6
Win 13–5 Apr 1999 Chennai, India Hard   Leander Paes   Wayne Black
  Neville Godwin
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Win 14–5 Jun 1999 Paris, France Clay   Leander Paes   Goran Ivanišević
  Jeff Tarango
6–2, 7–5
Win 15–5 Jul 1999 London, United Kingdom Grass   Leander Paes   Paul Haarhuis
  Jared Palmer
6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6
Loss 15–6 Sep 1999 New York, United States Hard   Leander Paes   Sébastien Lareau
  Alex O'Brien
6–7, 4–6
Loss 15–7 Nov 1999 Hartford, United States Carpet   Leander Paes   Sébastien Lareau
  Alex O'Brien
3–6, 2–6, 2–6
Win 16–7 May 2000 St. Poelten, Austria Clay   Andrew Kratzmann   Andrea Gaudenzi
  Diego Nargiso
7–6, 6–7, 6–4
Loss 16–8 Jun 2000 Halle, Germany Grass   David Prinosil   Nicklas Kulti
  Mikael Tillström
6–7, 6–7
Win 17–8 Oct 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Leander Paes   Michael Hill
  Jeff Tarango
6–4, 6–7, 6–3
Loss 17–9 Dec 2000 Bangalore, India Hard   Leander Paes   Donald Johnson
  Piet Norval
6–7, 3–6, 4–6
Win 18–9 Apr 2001 Atlanta, United States Clay   Leander Paes   Rick Leach
  David Macpherson
6–3, 7–6
Win 19–9 May 2001 Houston, United States Clay   Leander Paes   Kevin Kim
  Jim Thomas
7–6, 6–2
Win 20–9 Jun 2001 Paris, France Clay   Leander Paes   Petr Pála
  Pavel Vízner
7–6, 6–3
Win 21–9 Aug 2001 Cincinnati, United States Hard   Leander Paes   Martin Damm
  David Prinosil
7–6, 6–3
Loss 21–10 Aug 2001 Indianapolis, United States Hard   Sébastien Lareau   Mark Knowles
  Brian MacPhie
6–7, 7–5, 4–6
Loss 21–11 Oct 2001 Moscow, Russia Carpet   Jeff Tarango   Max Mirnyi
  Sandon Stolle
3–6, 0–6
Loss 21–12 Oct 2001 Basel, Switzerland Carpet   Leander Paes   Ellis Ferreira
  Rick Leach
6–7, 4–6
Loss 21–13 Nov 2001 Paris, France Carpet   Leander Paes   Ellis Ferreira
  Rick Leach
6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Win 22–13 Jan 2002 Chennai, India Hard   Leander Paes   Tomáš Cibulec
  Ota Fukárek
5–7, 6–2, 7–5
Win 23–13 May 2002 Majorca, Spain Clay   Leander Paes   Julian Knowle
  Michael Kohlmann
6–2, 6–4
Win 24–13 May 2002 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Jan-Michael Gambill   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
6–2, 6–4
Loss 24–14 Jun 2002 London, United Kingdom Grass   Max Mirnyi   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
5–7, 3–6
Loss 24–15 Aug 2002 Cincinnati, United States Hard   Max Mirnyi   James Blake
  Todd Martin
5–7, 3–6
Loss 24–16 Aug 2002 Indianapolis, United States Hard   Max Mirnyi   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
6–7, 7–6, 4–6
Win 25–16 Aug 2002 Long Island, United States Hard   Mike Bryan   Petr Pála
  Pavel Vízner
6–3, 6–4
Win 26–16 Sep 2002 New York, United States Hard   Max Mirnyi   Jiří Novák
  Radek Štěpánek
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 26–17 Oct 2002 Madrid, Spain Hard (i)   Max Mirnyi   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
3–6, 5–7, 0–6
Loss 26–18 Jan 2003 Sydney, Australia Hard   Joshua Eagle   Paul Hanley
  Nathan Healey
6–7, 4–6
Win 27–18 Apr 2003 Estoril, Portugal Clay   Max Mirnyi   Lucas Arnold Ker
  Mariano Hood
6–1, 6–2
Win 28–18 Apr 2003 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Max Mirnyi   Michaël Llodra
  Fabrice Santoro
6–4, 3–6, 7–6
Loss 28–19 May 2003 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Max Mirnyi   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
4–6, 6–7
Loss 28–20 Jun 2003 London, United Kingdom Grass   Max Mirnyi   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
7–5, 4–6, 6–7
Loss 28–21 Jul 2003 London, United Kingdom Grass   Max Mirnyi   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
6–3, 3–6, 6–7, 3–6
Win 29–21 Aug 2003 Montréal, Canada Hard   Max Mirnyi   Jonas Björkman
  Todd Woodbridge
6–3, 7–6
Win 30–21 Oct 2003 Moscow, Russia Carpet   Max Mirnyi   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 7–5
Loss 30–22 Oct 2003 Vienna, Austria Hard (i)   Max Mirnyi   Yves Allegro
  Roger Federer
6–7, 5–7
Win 31–22 Oct 2003 Madrid, Spain Hard (i)   Max Mirnyi   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Win 32–22 Jan 2004 Auckland, New Zealand Hard   Fabrice Santoro   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
4–6, 7–5, 6–3
Win 33–22 Mar 2004 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Fabrice Santoro   Jonas Björkman
  Leander Paes
6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Win 34–22 May 2004 Rome, Italy Clay   Max Mirnyi   Wayne Arthurs
  Paul Hanley
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Win 35–22 Jul 2004 Båstad, Sweden Clay   Jonas Björkman   Simon Aspelin
  Todd Perry
4–6, 7–6, 7–6
Win 36–22 Aug 2004 Toronto, Canada Hard   Leander Paes   Jonas Björkman
  Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–2
Loss 36–23 Oct 2004 Moscow, Russia Carpet   Jonas Björkman   Igor Andreev
  Nikolay Davydenko
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Loss 36–24 Jan 2005 Chennai, India Hard   Jonas Björkman   Yen-Hsun Lu
  Rainer Schüttler
5–7, 6–4, 6–7
Win 37–24 Jan 2005 Sydney, Australia Hard   Todd Woodbridge   Arnaud Clément
  Michaël Llodra
6–3, 6–3
Win 38–24 Sep 2006 Beijing, China Hard   Mario Ančić   Michael Berrer
  Kenneth Carlsen
6–4, 6–3
Win 39–24 Oct 2006 Mumbai, India Hard   Mario Ančić   Rohan Bopanna
  Mustafa Ghouse
6–4, 6–7, [10–8]
Loss 39–25 Mar 2007 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Radek Štěpánek   Fabrice Santoro
  Nenad Zimonjić
5–7, 7–6, [7–10]
Win 40–25 Aug 2007 Montréal, Canada Hard   Pavel Vízner   Paul Hanley
  Kevin Ullyett
6–4, 6–4
Win 41–25 Aug 2007 New Haven, United States Hard   Nenad Zimonjić   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
6–3, 6–3
Win 42–25 Mar 2008 Memphis, United States Hard (i)   Mark Knowles   Sanchai Ratiwatana
  Sonchat Ratiwatana
7–6, 6–2
Win 43–25 Mar 2008 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Mark Knowles   Martin Damm
  Pavel Vízner
7–5, 7–6
Loss 43–26 Mar 2008 Miami, United States Hard   Mark Knowles   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
2–6, 2–6
Loss 43–27 Apr 2008 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Mark Knowles   Rafael Nadal
  Tommy Robredo
3–6, 3–6
Loss 43–28 Jun 2008 s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass   Leander Paes   Mario Ančić
  Jürgen Melzer
6–7, 3–6
Loss 43–29 Aug 2008 New Haven, United States Hard   Mark Knowles   Marcelo Melo
  André Sá
5–7, 2–6
Loss 43–30 Oct 2008 Madrid, Spain Hard (i)   Mark Knowles   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
4–6, 2–6
Win 44–30 Oct 2008 Basel, Switzerland Carpet   Mark Knowles   Christopher Kas
  Philipp Kohlschreiber
6–3, 6–3
Loss 44–31 Jan 2009 Melbourne, Australia Hard   Mark Knowles   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–2, 5–7, 0–6
Loss 44–32 Apr 2009 Barcelona, Spain Clay   Mark Knowles   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
3–6, 6–7
Win 45–32 Aug 2009 Montréal, Canada Hard   Mark Knowles   Max Mirnyi
  Andy Ram
6–4, 6–3
Loss 45–33 Sep 2009 New York, United States Hard   Mark Knowles   Lukáš Dlouhý
  Leander Paes
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 45–34 Apr 2010 Miami, United States Hard   Max Mirnyi   Lukáš Dlouhý
  Leander Paes
2–6, 5–7
Loss 45–35 Apr 2010 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Max Mirnyi   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
3–6, 0–2, RET.
Loss 45–36 Aug 2010 Cincinnati, United States Hard   Max Mirnyi   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Loss 45–37 Nov 2010 Valencia, Spain Hard (i)   Max Mirnyi   Andy Murray
  Jamie Murray
6–7(8–10), 7–5, [7–10]
Win 46–37 Nov 2010 Paris, France Hard (i)   Max Mirnyi   Mark Knowles
  Andy Ram
7–5, 7–5
Loss 46–38 Nov 2010 London, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Max Mirnyi   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(6–8), 4–6
Win 47–38 Jan 2011 Chennai, India Hard   Leander Paes   Robin Haase
  David Martin
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]
Loss 47–39 Jan 2011 Melbourne, Australia Hard   Leander Paes   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Win 48–39 Apr 2011 Miami, United States Hard   Leander Paes   Max Mirnyi
  Daniel Nestor
6–7(5–7), 6–2, [10–5]
Loss 48–40 Jun 2011 London, United Kingdom Grass   Leander Paes   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
7–6(7–2), 6–7(4–7), [6–10]
Win 49–40 Aug 2011 Cincinnati, United States Hard   Leander Paes   Michaël Llodra
  Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2)
Win 50–40 Mar 2012 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Rohan Bopanna   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
6–4, 3–6, [10–5]
Loss 50–41 Aug 2012 Cincinnati, United States Hard   Rohan Bopanna   Robert Lindstedt
  Horia Tecău
4–6, 4–6
Loss 50–42 Oct 2012 Shanghai, China Hard   Rohan Bopanna   Leander Paes
  Radek Štěpánek
7–6(9–7), 3–6, [5–10]
Win 51–42 Nov 2012 Paris, France Hard (i)   Rohan Bopanna   Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
  Jean-Julien Rojer
7–6(8–6), 6–3
Loss 51–43 Nov 2012 London, United Kingdom Hard (i)   Rohan Bopanna   Marcel Granollers
  Marc López
5–7, 6–3, [3–10]
Win 52–43 Mar 2013 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard   Michaël Llodra   Robert Lindstedt
  Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(8–6), 7–6(8–6)
Loss 52–44 May 2013 Rome, Italy Clay   Rohan Bopanna   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
2–6, 3–6

Performance timelinesEdit

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R SF F A 1R 2R 1R QF QF 3R QF SF F 1R F 3R 3R 2R 1R 2R 41–19
French Open A A 2R SF W 2R W SF QF SF 1R QF SF 1R 3R 2R 2R 1R 1R A 1R A 40–16
Wimbledon Q1 Q2 1R 2R W 3R 1R QF F 3R 2R 1R A 1R QF 3R 2R 2R QF A 1R A 29–16
US Open 2R Q1 SF SF F 1R 1R W QF 3R 3R 1R 2R 3R F 2R QF 1R 1R A A A 38–17
Win–Loss 1–1 0–0 5–4 13–4 22–2 3–3 6–3 14–3 10–4 10–4 6–4 5–4 8–3 6–4 15–4 4–4 10–4 3–4 5–4 1–1 0–3 1–1 148–68
Year-end Championship
Masters Cup DNQ F RR F F NH RR RR RR Did Not Qualify RR SF F SF F Did Not Qualify 24–23
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH 2R Not Held 2R Not Held 4th Not Held QF Not Held 2R Not Held A 8–6
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A SF A 1R 2R 2R SF 1R 1R 1R QF 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R A A A 11–14
Miami A Q1 2R 1R 2R A A QF 1R 2R QF A 1R F 1R F W SF 2R 1R A A 23–14
Monte Carlo A A A SF 2R A SF 1R W QF QF SF 2R F QF F A 2R A A A A 22–13
Madrid Not Held F W SF QF 1R A F 2R A A SF QF A 1R 2R 16–10
Rome A A A W 1R 1R 1R QF SF W SF 2R 1R 2R SF 2R 2R SF F A A A 21–14
Canada A A W SF A QF 1R 2R W W QF A W QF W SF 2R 2R A A A A 28–9
Cincinnati A A QF 1R 2R 1R W F SF QF QF 2R 2R SF SF F W F A A A A 27–14
Shanghai Not Held SF QF SF F A A A A 8–4
Paris A A 1R W 2R 1R F 2R A SF A A A 2R 2R W 2R W A A A A 16–9
Hamburg A A A QF 2R 2R 1R W F 2R QF 1R 2R 2R Not Masters Series 12–9
Stuttgart A A QF F A 2R QF Not Held 6–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 9–4 17–6 2–6 4–6 12–7 18–8 19–5 17–7 9–8 4–6 7–6 12–9 12–8 16–7 11–5 16–8 5–5 0–1 0–1 1–1 190–114
Career statistics
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Career
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 6 / 8 6 / 8 3 / 6 2 / 4 4 / 8 5 / 9 5 / 10 5 / 6 1 / 2 2 / 2 2 / 3 3 / 8 1 / 4 1 / 6 3 / 5 2 / 5 1 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 52 / 96
Year-end Ranking 162 106 11 3 2 39 6 4 4 7 19 30 21 6 7 6 7 11 35 344 699 186

Mixed doublesEdit

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A SF 2R A 2R SF QF 1R A W 1R F W A QF SF QF 2R 1R 2 / 15
French Open W 2R QF A SF QF F 1R QF 2R 1R SF 1R 1R 2R W 1R A A 2 / 16
Wimbledon 3R F 2R 1R SF W 3R QF W 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R F 2R 1R A 1R 2 / 18
US Open 1R QF W 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R W A QF 2R SF 1R 1R 2R 1R A A 2 / 16
SR 1 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 2 8 / 65

Davis Cup and Asian GamesEdit

Bhupathi has donned Indian colours numerous times for the Davis Cup as well as other international tournaments, including the Asian Games.

Bhupathi has played 55 matches for India in the Davis Cup (from 1995 to 2011), winning 35 and losing 20. Out of the 35 matches that he won, 27 of his victories came in doubles matches.

In 2006, Bhupathi won the doubles championship with Leander Paes at the Asian Games in Doha.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards. Bhupathi is an alumnus of the University of Mississippi in the United States. He is the founder of Globosport India private Limited which he started in 2002 as a sports and entertainment agency.[16]

He married model Shvetha Jaishankar in 2002 but the couple got divorced in 2009 after seven years of marriage.[17] He then married Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta in a civil ceremony on 16 February 2011 at Bandra, Mumbai.[18] It was followed by a Christian ceremony on 20 February 2011 at Sunset Point in Goa.[19]

On 1 August 2011, Dutta confirmed that she was pregnant with their first child. Their daughter Saira was born on 20 January 2012.[20] In 2010, the couple started a film production company, Big Daddy Productions.[21]

In 2014, Mahesh Bhupathi launched an authentic Indian sports brand, ZEVEN. The company currently endorses Ravindra Jadeja, Rohan Bopanna, Shikhar Dhawan and Mary Kom, amongst others.

PartnershipsEdit

Partners in men's doublesEdit

No. Partner Year
1   Leander Paes 1994–2006 2008–2011
2   Dick Norman 1994
3   Sulistyo Wibowo 1995
4   Jeff Belloli 1995
5   Peter Tramacchi 1995–1996, 1998–1999
6   Chris Haggard 1995–1996, 2006
7   Ross Matheson 1995
8   Robert Devens 1995
9   Ali Hamadeh 1995–1996
10   Joao Cunha-Silva 1995
11   Tomas Nydahl 1996
12   Jamie Holmes 1996
13   Nebojsa Djordjevic 1996
14   Wayne Black 1996–1997
15   Kent Kinnear 1996
16   Jean-Philippe Fleurian 1997
17   Tommy Ho 1997
18   Rick Leach 1997
19   Sandeep Kirtane 1997
20   Fazaluddin Syed 1998, 2000–2001
21   Mark Knowles 1998, 2000, 2008–2009, 2011
22   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1998
23   Baris Ergun 1998
24   Paul Haarhuis 1998
25   Srinath Prahlad 1998
26   Gaurav Natekar 1998
27   Mosé Navarra 1999, 2001
28   Tim Henman 1999, 2003, 2007
29   Andrei Pavel 1999
30   Wayne Ferreira 1999
31   Andrew Florent 1999
32   Wayne Arthurs 2000
33   Andrew Kratzmann 2000
34   David Prinosil 2000
35   Kevin Ullyett 2000
36   Nenad Zimonjić 2000, 2002, 2007, 2012
37   Scott Humphries 2000
38   Byron Black 2000
39   Dominik Hrbatý 2001
40   Sébastien Lareau 2001
41   Jeff Tarango 2001–2002
42   Wittaya Samrej 2001
43   Jan-Michael Gambill 2002, 2004
44   Brian MacPhie 2002
45   Max Mirnyi 2002–2004, 2010
46   Todd Woodbridge 2002–2003, 2005
47   Mike Bryan 2002
48   Jonas Björkman 2002, 2004–2005
49   Joshua Eagle 2003
50   Rohan Bopanna 2003, 2007–2013
51   Dmitry Tursunov 2004
52   Fabrice Santoro 2004, 2006–2007
53   Paul Hanley 2004, 2007
54   Fernando González 2005
55   Martin Damm 2005
56   Justin Gimelstob 2005–2007
57   Wesley Moodie 2006
58   Radek Štěpánek 2006–2007
59   Leoš Friedl 2006
60   Robby Ginepri 2006
61   Julian Knowle 2006, 2013
62   Xavier Malisse 2006
63   Alexander Waske 2006
64   Mario Ančić 2006
65   James Blake 2006
66   Pavel Vízner 2007
67   Jamie Murray 2007
68   Marcel Granollers 2011
69   Michal Mertiňák 2011
70   Daniel Nestor 2013
71   Michaël Llodra 2013
72   Philipp Petzschner 2013
73   Robert Lindstedt 2013
74   Rajeev Ram 2014
75   Denis Istomin 2014
75   Kevin Anderson 2014
76   Saketh Myneni 2015
77   Jürgen Melzer 2015
78   Mikhail Youzhny 2015
79   Nick Kyrgios 2015
80   Juan Sebastián Cabal 2015
81   Janko Tipsarević 2015
82.   Gilles Müller 2016
83.   Purav Raja 2016
84.   Jonathan Marray 2016
85.   Yuki Bhambri 2016

Partners in mixed doublesEdit

No. Partner Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1  Rika Hiraki 1997  Y  Y  Y  Y
2  Caroline Vis 1998  Y
3  Rennae Stubbs 1998  Y
4  Mirjana Lučić 1998 1999  Y  Y  Y
5  Ai Sugiyama 1999 2000 2001  Y  Y  Y
6  Annabel Ellwood 1999  Y
7  Martina Navratilova  Y
8  Elena Likhovtseva 2001 2002 2003 2004  Y  Y  Y  Y
9  Jelena Dokić 2001  Y
10  Iroda Tulyaganova 2003  Y
11  Paola Suárez 2003, 2007  Y  Y  Y
12  Lisa Raymond 2004 2005  Y  Y
13  Mary Pierce 2005  Y
14  Daniela Hantuchová 2005 2007 2010 2013  Y  Y  Y
15  Martina Hingis 2006 2013  Y  Y
16  Yan Zi 2006  Y
17  Sania Mirza 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012  Y  Y  Y  Y
18  Zheng Jie 2008 2011  Y
19  Samantha Stosur 2008  Y
20  Liezel Huber 2009 2010  Y  Y
21  Anastasia Rodionova 2011  Y
22  Elena Vesnina 2011 2014  Y  Y
23  Andrea Hlaváčková 2012  Y
24  Nadia Petrova 2013  Y
25  Casey Dellacqua 2013  Y
26  Jarmila Gajdošová 2015  Y
27.  Alla Kudryavtseva 2015  Y

Other partnersEdit

India – Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Other EventsEdit

Partnership with Leander PaesEdit

 
Bhupathi (right) and Leander Paes

Bhupathi and Leander Paes partnered in the men's doubles event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but lost the quarterfinals,[22] to Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, who went on to win the gold medal.[23]

Paes and Bhupathi decided to team up again at the Australian Open 2011, ending a nine-year separation on the ATP circuit. They reached the finals of the event,[24][25] but lost to American twins Bob and Mike Bryan.[26] Paes stated at the time that the best thing has been to have their friendship back.[27]

The Indian duo has a 303–103 career record together. They have a Davis Cup record of longest winning streak in doubles, with 23 straight wins.[28]

Leander Paes wanted to play with Mahesh Bhupathi in the men's doubles event of the London Olympics, to be held July–August 2012.[29] On 19 June 2012, the All India Tennis association relented to the demands of Bhupathi and Bopanna of not playing along Paes. Two teams were sent for the London Olympics- 2012, with Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna as one team and the other team consisting of Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan.[30] Bhupathi also accused AITA of using Sania Mirza as bait for Leander's participation in the Olympics.[31] When AITA relented to the wishes of Bhupathi and Bopanna and permitted them to play together, they lost in the second round to the unseeded French pairing of Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau.

Davis Cup RecordEdit

The duo of Bhupathi and Paes has the longest doubles streak in Davis Cup history.

SL Year Opponent Result
1 1995   Sasa Hirszon / Goran Ivanišević W
2 1996   Jacco Eltingh / Paul Haarhuis L
3 1996   Jonas Björkman / Nicklas Kulti L
4 1997   Martin Damm / Petr Korda W
5 1997   Nicolás Massú / Marcelo Ríos W
6 1998   Neil Broad / Tim Henman W
7 1999   Kim Dong-hyun / Hyung-Taik Lee W
8 1999   Shan Jiang / Zhu Benqiang W
9 2001   Ran Xu / Jing-Zhu Yang W
10 2001   Thomas Shimada / Takao Suzuki W
11 2001   Donald Johnson / Jared Palmer W
12 2002   Patrick Chucri / Ali Hamadeh W
13 2002   James Shortall / Daniel Willman W
14 2003   Jun Kato / Thomas Shimada W
15 2003   Alistair Hunt / Mark Nielsen W
16 2004   Mark Nielsen / Matthew Prentice W
17 2004   Thomas Shimada / Takahiro Terachi W
18 2005   Yu Jr. Wang / Zhu Benqiang W
19 2005   Murad Inoyatov / Denis Istomin W
20 2005   Simon Aspelin / Jonas Björkman W
21 2006   Woong-Sun Jun / Oh-Hee Kwon W
22 2006   Jalil Khan / Asim Shafik W
23 2008   Satoshi Iwabuchi / Takao Suzuki W
24 2008   Adrian Cruciat / Horia Tecău W
25 2009   Tsung-Hua Yang / Chu-Huan Yi W
26 2010   Teymuraz Gabashvili / Igor Kunitsyn W
27 2010   Marcelo Melo / Bruno Soares W

Sports management and sports-based e-commerceEdit

Bhupathi has also been involved in developing tennis facilities in India and, along with his company Globosport, has played a key rôle in developing and managing the careers of many Indian athletes, including Sania Mirza.[32]

International Premier Tennis LeagueEdit

Mahesh Bhupathi announced the founding of the International Premier Tennis League on 25 May 2013, in Paris. The initial plan was to start the league with six charter franchises in Asia with the inaugural season commencing in November 2014. Bhupathi said the league would be modeled after the Indian Premier League, a cricket league in India. Justin Gimelstob said that the league would be star-driven as World Team Tennis was in the 1970s.[33]

AwardsEdit

  • Padma Shri, 2001[34]
  • Sports people for Change Karmaveer Puraskaar, 2007, iCONGO-Confederation of NGOs
  • Davis Cup Commitment Award

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Hiraki was the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam tournament, while Bhupathi was the first Indian of any kind to win a Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

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