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Mahesh Bhupathi
Mahesh Bhupathi US Open 2009-2010-01-02.jpg
Bhupathi at the 2009 US Open
Country India
ResidenceBangalore, India
Born(1974-06-07) 7 June 1974 (age 40)


Chennai, India
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1995
Prize money$6,582,647
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 record680-349
Career titles52
Highest rankingNo. 1 (26 April 1999)
Current rankingNo. 111 (19 May 2014)
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: 9 September 2013.
Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi (born 7 June 1974) is an 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.

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            Career

            1995–2006

            Mahesh Bhupathi is best known as one of the top doubles players in the 1990s and 2000s. In 1999, Bhupathi won three doubles titles with Leander Paes, including French Open and Wimbledon. He and Leander 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, 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.

            2007–2008

            In 2007, Bhupathi and Czech 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 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, while Zimonjić became Nestor's, but back surgery meant he was out until the end of the year.

            2009–2012

            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 ace Indian pair thus made up for the disappointment of the previous year's final when they were beaten by Tiantian Sun 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. In 2011, Bhupathi reunited with former playing partner Leander Paes for the 2011 Australian Open. The team of Bhupathi and Paes reached the final, but lost, 3–6, 4–6, to the Bryan brothers. On 7 June 2012, Bhupathi and Sania Mirza won the French Open mixed doubles. On 4 November 2012, Bhupathi and partner Rohan Bopanna won the Paris Masters cup. In spite of suffering a setback with their loss against Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen in the ATP Tour Finals opener, 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.



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

            2013

            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 have rejoined forces starting with the Monte Carlo Masters.

            Playing Style

            Mahesh Bhupathi is known for big serves in Doubles Tennis. 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. He often discusses strategies between the serves with partners during the match, and also communicates with partner using finger-at-the-back signals during the match. He's also a better smasher when compared with his fellow Indian Partner.

            Year-end finals

            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 also appeared at the season closer 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.

            Grand Slam titles

            Doubles

            Wins (4)

            YearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponents in finalScore in final
            1999French OpenClayIndia Leander PaesCroatia Goran Ivanišević
            United States Jeff Tarango
            6–2, 7–5
            1999WimbledonGrassIndia Leander PaesNetherlands Paul Haarhuis
            United States Jared Palmer
            6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6
            2001French Open (2)ClayIndia Leander PaesCzech Republic Petr Pála
            Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
            7–6, 6–3
            2002US OpenHardBelarus Max MirnyiCzech Republic Jiří Novák
            Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
            6–3, 3–6, 6–4


            Runner-ups (6)

            YearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponents in finalScore in final
            1999Australian OpenHardIndia Leander PaesSweden Jonas Björkman
            Australia Patrick Rafter
            3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(12–10), 4–6
            1999US OpenHardIndia Leander PaesCanada Sébastien Lareau
            United States Alex O'Brien
            6–7, 4–6
            2003WimbledonGrassBelarus Max MirnyiSweden Jonas Björkman
            Australia Todd Woodbridge
            6–3, 3–6, 6–7(4–7), 3–6
            2009Australian Open (2)HardThe Bahamas Mark KnowlesUnited States Bob Bryan
            United States Mike Bryan
            6–2, 5–7, 0–6
            2009US Open (2)HardThe Bahamas Mark KnowlesCzech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
            India Leander Paes
            6–3, 3–6, 2–6
            2011Australian Open (3)HardIndia Leander PaesUnited States Bob Bryan
            United States Mike Bryan
            3–6, 4–6

            Mixed doubles: 12 (8–4)

            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.
            OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponents in the finalScore in the final
            Winner1997French OpenClayJapan Rika HirakiUnited States Patrick Galbraith
            United States Lisa Raymond
            6–4, 6–1
            Runner-up1998WimbledonGrassCroatia Mirjana LučićUnited States Serena Williams
            Belarus Max Mirnyi
            4–6, 4–6
            Winner1999US OpenHardJapan Ai SugiyamaUnited States Donald Johnson
            United States Kimberly Po
            6–4, 6–4
            Winner2002WimbledonGrassRussia Elena LikhovtsevaSlovakia Daniela Hantuchová
            Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
            6–2, 7–5
            Runner-up2003French OpenClayRussia Elena LikhovtsevaUnited States Lisa Raymond
            United States Mike Bryan
            3–6, 4–6
            Winner2005Wimbledon (2)GrassFrance Mary PierceAustralia Paul Hanley
            Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis
            6–4, 6–2
            Winner2005US Open (2)HardSlovakia Daniela HantuchováSlovenia Katarina Srebotnik
            Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
            6–4, 6–2
            Winner2006Australian OpenHardSwitzerland Martina HingisRussia Elena Likhovtseva
            Canada Daniel Nestor
            6–3, 6–3
            Runner-up2008Australian OpenHardIndia Sania MirzaChina Sun Tiantian
            Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
            6–7(4–7), 4–6
            Winner2009Australian Open (2)HardIndia Sania MirzaFrance Nathalie Dechy
            Israel Andy Ram
            6–3, 6–1
            Runner-up2011WimbledonGrassRussia Elena VesninaCzech Republic Iveta Benešová
            Austria Jürgen Melzer
            3–6, 2–6
            Winner2012French Open (2)ClayIndia Sania MirzaPoland Klaudia Jans-Ignacik
            Mexico Santiago González
            7–6(7–3), 6–1

            Summer Olympics

            Doubles: 0 (0–1)
            OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
            4th place2004AthensHardIndia Leander PaesCroatia Mario Ančić
            Croatia Ivan Ljubičić
            6–7(5–7), 6–4, 14–16

            ATP career finals

            Doubles: 96 (52–44)

            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)
            OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartneringOpponent in the finalScore
            Winner1.14 April 1997Chennai, IndiaHardIndia Leander PaesUzbekistan Oleg Ogorodov
            Israel Eyal Ran
            7–6, 7–5
            Winner2.5 May 1997Prague, Czech RepublicClayIndia Leander PaesCzech Republic Petr Luxa
            Czech Republic David Škoch
            6–1, 6–1
            Runner-up1.28 July 1997Los Angeles, United StatesHardUnited States Rick LeachCanada Sébastien Lareau
            United States Alex O'Brien
            6–7, 4–6
            Winner3.4 August 1997Montréal, CanadaHardIndia Leander PaesCanada Sébastien Lareau
            United States Alex O'Brien
            7–6, 6–3
            Winner4.18 August 1997New Haven, United StatesHardIndia Leander PaesCanada Sébastien Lareau
            United States Alex O'Brien
            6–4, 6–7, 6–2
            Winner5.6 October 1997Beijing, ChinaHard (i)India Leander PaesUnited States Jim Courier
            United States Alex O'Brien
            7–5, 7–6
            Winner6.13 October 1997Singapore, SingaporeCarpetIndia Leander PaesUnited States Rick Leach
            United States Jonathan Stark
            6–4, 6–4
            Runner-up2.23 November 1997Hartford, United StatesCarpetIndia Leander PaesUnited States Rick Leach
            United States Jonathan Stark
            3–6, 4–6, 6–7
            Winner7.12 January 1998Doha, QatarHardIndia Leander PaesFrance Olivier Delaître
            France Fabrice Santoro
            6–4, 3–6, 6–4
            Winner8.16 February 1998Dubai, United Arab EmiratesHardIndia Leander PaesUnited States Donald Johnson
            United States Francisco Montana
            6–2, 7–5
            Winner9.13 April 1998Chennai, IndiaHardIndia Leander PaesFrance Olivier Delaître
            Belarus Max Mirnyi
            6–7, 6–3, 6–2
            Winner10.18 May 1998Rome, ItalyClayIndia Leander PaesSouth Africa Ellis Ferreira
            United States Rick Leach
            6–4, 4–6, 7–6
            Winner11.12 October 1998Shanghai, ChinaCarpetIndia Leander PaesAustralia Todd Woodbridge
            Australia Mark Woodforde
            6–4, 6–7, 7–6
            Runner-up3.19 October 1998Singapore, SingaporeCarpetIndia Leander PaesAustralia Todd Woodbridge
            Australia Mark Woodforde
            2–6, 3–6
            Runner-up4.2 November 1998Stuttgart, GermanyHard (i)India Leander PaesCanada Sébastien Lareau
            United States Alex O'Brien
            3–6, 6–3, 5–7
            Winner12.9 November 1998Paris, FranceCarpetIndia Leander PaesNetherlands Jacco Eltingh
            Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
            6–4, 6–2
            Runner-up5.1 February 1999Melbourne, AustraliaHardIndia Leander PaesSweden Jonas Björkman
            Australia Patrick Rafter
            3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, 4–6
            Winner13.12 April 1999Chennai, IndiaHardIndia Leander PaesZimbabwe Wayne Black
            South Africa Neville Godwin
            4–6, 7–5, 6–4
            Winner14.7 June 1999Paris, FranceClayIndia Leander PaesCroatia Goran Ivanišević
            United States Jeff Tarango
            6–2, 7–5
            Winner15.5 July 1999London, United KingdomGrassIndia Leander PaesNetherlands Paul Haarhuis
            United States Jared Palmer
            6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6
            Runner-up6.13 September 1999New York, United StatesHardIndia Leander PaesCanada Sébastien Lareau
            United States Alex O'Brien
            6–7, 4–6
            Runner-up7.15 November 1999Hartford, United StatesCarpetIndia Leander PaesCanada Sébastien Lareau
            United States Alex O'Brien
            3–6, 2–6, 2–6
            Winner16.29 May 2000St. Poelten, AustriaClayAustralia Andrew KratzmannItaly Andrea Gaudenzi
            Italy Diego Nargiso
            7–6, 6–7, 6–4
            Runner-up8.19 June 2000Halle, GermanyGrassGermany David PrinosilSweden Nicklas Kulti
            Sweden Mikael Tillström
            6–7, 6–7
            Winner17.16 October 2000Tokyo, JapanHardIndia Leander PaesAustralia Michael Hill
            United States Jeff Tarango
            6–4, 6–7, 6–3
            Runner-up9.17 December 2000Bangalore, IndiaHardIndia Leander PaesUnited States Donald Johnson
            South Africa Piet Norval
            6–7, 3–6, 4–6
            Winner18.30 April 2001Atlanta, United StatesClayIndia Leander PaesUnited States Rick Leach
            Australia David Macpherson
            6–3, 7–6
            Winner19.7 May 2001Houston, United StatesClayIndia Leander PaesUnited States Kevin Kim
            United States Jim Thomas
            7–6, 6–2
            Winner20.11 June 2001Paris, FranceClayIndia Leander PaesCzech Republic Petr Pála
            Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
            7–6, 6–3
            Winner21.13 August 2001Cincinnati, United StatesHardIndia Leander PaesCzech Republic Martin Damm
            Germany David Prinosil
            7–6, 6–3
            Runner-up10.20 August 2001Indianapolis, United StatesHardCanada Sébastien LareauThe Bahamas Mark Knowles
            United States Brian MacPhie
            6–7, 7–5, 4–6
            Runner-up11.8 October 2001Moscow, RussiaCarpetUnited States Jeff TarangoBelarus Max Mirnyi
            Australia Sandon Stolle
            3–6, 0–6
            Runner-up12.29 October 2001Basel, SwitzerlandCarpetIndia Leander PaesSouth Africa Ellis Ferreira
            United States Rick Leach
            6–7, 4–6
            Runner-up13.5 November 2001Paris, FranceCarpetIndia Leander PaesSouth Africa Ellis Ferreira
            United States Rick Leach
            6–3, 4–6, 3–6
            Winner22.7 January 2002Chennai, IndiaHardIndia Leander PaesCzech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
            Czech Republic Ota Fukárek
            5–7, 6–2, 7–5
            Winner23.6 May 2002Majorca, SpainClayIndia Leander PaesAustria Julian Knowle
            Germany Michael Kohlmann
            6–2, 6–4
            Winner24.20 May 2002Hamburg, GermanyClayUnited States Jan-Michael GambillSweden Jonas Björkman
            Australia Todd Woodbridge
            6–2, 6–4
            Runner-up14.17 June 2002London, United KingdomGrassBelarus Max MirnyiZimbabwe Wayne Black
            Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
            5–7, 3–6
            Runner-up15.12 August 2002Cincinnati, United StatesHardBelarus Max MirnyiUnited States James Blake
            United States Todd Martin
            5–7, 3–6
            Runner-up16.19 August 2002Indianapolis, United States
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