Mahesh Bhupathi
Indian tennis player
Mahesh Bhupathi
Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi is an Indian professional tennis player widely regarded as among the best doubles players in the world with 12 Grand Slam titles to his credit. Born on 7 June 1974 in Chennai, India, he is a rarity in the Indian sporting scenario. In 1997, he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament. 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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Cash-strapped tennis league will 'bounce back' says founder
Yahoo News - 3 months
The International Premier Tennis League will "bounce back" despite axing Roger Federer and Serena Williams over money problems and dropping from five tournaments to three, its founder told AFP. Mahesh Bhupathi, who launched the IPTL in 2014, said he was sure "new money" was on its way for the innovative tournament, without specifying where it would come from. "We've had some challenges this year but you know we stayed afloat which was the most important thing so you know, whatever it is, we will bounce back," he said in an interview in Singapore.
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Veterans Hingis, Paes win Australian mixed doubles title
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Comeback queen Martina Hingis rolled back the years to claim her first Grand Slam title since 2006 on Sunday, clinching the Australian Open mixed doubles crown with fellow veteran Leander Paes. The old stagers, seeded seven, were in their first major outing as a pairing and drew on all their experience to down the third seeds, France's Kristina Mladenovic and Canadian Daniel Nester, 6-4, 6-3. Hingis' win comes 20 years after making her Melbourne debut as a 14-year-old and less than a year after coming out of retirement. Her last major success was in the mixed doubles at Melbourne Park with another Indian, Mahesh Bhupathi, in 2006.
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Somdev, Bhupathi out of US Open
The Times Of India - over 3 years
It was end of US Open campaign for Somdev Devvarman and Mahesh Bhupathi after they lost their respective hard-fought matches on Friday.     
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Bryan Brothers Win at Wimbledon
NYTimes - over 3 years
The Bryan brothers kept alive their quest for a fourth straight Grand Slam tournament title by winning all three tiebreakers in a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) victory over Mahesh Bhupathi and Julian Knowle to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals.     
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Top players 'intrigued' by IPTL: Bhupathi
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
By Toby Davis PARIS (Reuters) - If Novak Djokovic is to be believed then Mahesh Bhupathi has lit the touchpaper for a revolution in tennis. The Indian doubles specialist is the driving force behind the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), launched earlier this week to great fanfare with a dazzling list of top-rank players already signed up. World number one Djokovic will be joined in the inaugural edition, scheduled for December 2014, by 11-times grand slam winner Rafa Nadal and U.S. Open holder Andy Murray. Retired grand slam champions Pete Sampras and Carlos Moya will also take part. ...
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Bopanna, Bhupathi to clash in semifinals
The Times Of India - almost 4 years
Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi set up the semifinal clash of the Dubai Tennis Championships against each other after winning their quarterfinal ties.
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Top pros float body to give players voice
The Times Of India - about 4 years
India's top tennis pros - Somdev Devvarman, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna - launched the players' collective, the Indian Tennis Players Association.
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Tennis: O2 easy as Federer sees off Tipsarevic
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Roger Federer wasted little time in opening the defence of his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crown with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Janko Tipsarevic at London’s O2 Arena. The Swiss star is looking for a hat-trick of titles in Greenwich and a seventh at the tournament overall having set a new record with his final triumph over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 12 months ago. Federer opted against defending his Paris Masters crown last week to prepare for London and he certainly looked sharp as he brushed aside the challenge of Tipsarevic. The Serb did play in the French capital but retired during the third set of his clash with eventual runner-up Jerzy Janowicz because of dizziness and admitted on Monday that he was not feeling 100 per cent. Federer took control from the off, to the delight of his many fans in the arena, breaking the Tipsarevic serve in the second game and cruising through the rest of the first set. Tipsarevic, a direct entrant because of Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal through injury, had ...
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Bhupathi-Bopanna looking for final flourish
The Times of India - over 4 years
Bangalore:  Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, the all-Indian pairing, who played most of the 2012 season with a gun on their heads, are headed for a virtual shootout in the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, where the world no.8 combine will take the court on Thursday. The Bangalore two some have enjoyed a momentous year personally. Bhupathi and wife Lara Dutta had their first child in January, and Bopanna, 32, will get married in Coorg later in the month. They’ve had little to shout..
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Ila Arun mistakes Paes for Bhupathi
The Times Of India - over 4 years
Leander Paes was in for a rude shock at a recently held film event in town. Singer-actress Ila Arun, who bumped into him at the do, kept referring to him as Mahesh Bhupathi.
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Bhupathi, Bopanna can appeal : AITA
The Times Of India - over 4 years
AITA Secretary General Bharat Oza said that Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna can appeal against the ban handed to them on the ground of indiscipline.
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I have played my last match for India: Mahesh Bhupathi
The Times of India - over 4 years
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Still friends with Bhupathi: Sania
Central Chronicle - over 4 years
Agencies New York, Aug 30 Indian golden girl Sania Mirza insisted on Wednesday that she and Mahesh Bhupathi remained firm friends despite their decision to split as a mixed doubles team. The duo, who have won two Grand Slam titles together, have gone their separate ways at the US Open following the bitter build-up and fall-out from the Olympic Games. “We are still good friends,” Sania said. “We have a great relationship and we are not going to spoil that over mixed doubles. “Everything is fine. We even went to the movies this week to see a couple of films.” Sania’s new partnership with Britain’s Colin Fleming began on a winning note with a 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) win over Germany’s Andrea Petkovic and Eric Butorac of the United States on Wednesday. But Sania was adamant that there was no reason to believe that she and Bhupathi might not link up again as a team in the future. “Our commitment was only up until the Olympics and we both agreed it was best to have a break,” she added. Bhu ...
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Lara to make sequel to Chalo Dilli
Bollywood Hungama - over 4 years
If you are one of those who liked the most unlikely pairing of Lara Dutta and Viany Pathak in Chalo Dilli, then, get ready for more as the gorgeous Lara is ready with the sequel. Speaking about the film's sequel, the ever-so-beautiful Lara said that it was very encouraging that her first production was appreciated. In the same breath, she added that she very well knew if at all there has to be a sequel, it had to be better than the original. She also added that the script is ready and they are ready to shoot with Eros on board as producers. Readers may recall that Chalo Dilli was Lara Dutta's first home production under the banner of Bheegi Basanti Entertainment with Mahesh Bhupathi's Big Daddy Productions and Eros International. The film starred Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak.
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Grand Slam partners Bhupathi, Mirza split at US Open
Yahoo News - over 4 years
India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza will not play mixed doubles at the US Open despite the pair having captured two Grand Slam titles together as the bitter fall-out from the Olympics continued.
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India axe Bhupathi, Bopanna after Olympic tennis row
Yahoo News - over 4 years
India on Saturday dropped veteran Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna for next month's Davis Cup tie against New Zealand following a row over Olympics team selection.
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Outrage Over Empty Seats At Olympic Venues
Huffington Post - over 4 years
These are some of the hottest tickets in London, and yet, empty seats have been seen for dozens of events thus far at Olympic venues. The scene is coming under increased scrutiny in the British media and among locals, particularly on Twitter, and a formal investigation has been launched by the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog). A Locog spokesman told the BBC: "Where there are empty seats, we will look at who should have been sitting in the seats, and why they did not attend," adding that early indications are that empty seats are in accredited seating areas for press and media. Officials have said that the venues are sold out, adding to the confusion. Among the events with empty seats? Last night's men's 400 IM final which involved Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden noted on Twitter: "A little over 7 minutes to Phelps-Lochte and there are plenty of empty seats in the London Aquatics Center. Plenty." Kevin A ...
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Litmus test for Indian tennis in London
The Times Of India - over 4 years
Having revolted against AITA's decision to pair them with Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna will be under maximum pressure.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mahesh Bhupathi
  • 2014
    Age 39
    In 2014, Mahesh Bhupathi launched an authentic Indian sports brand "ZEVEN" which has been active to revolutionize the sports arena of India.
    More Details Hide Details The company currently endoreses Rohan Bopanna, Shikhar Dhawan, Mary Kom amongst others. Bhupathi and Leander Paes partnered in the men's doubles event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but lost the quarterfinals, to Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, who went on to win the gold medal. 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, but lost to American twins Bob and Mike Bryan. Paes stated at the time that the best thing has been to have their friendship back. 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.
  • 2013
    Age 38
    Mahesh Bhupathi announced the founding of the International Premier Tennis League on 25 May 2013, in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. He often discusses strategies between the serves with his partner during the match and also communicates using finger-at-the-back signals. Bhupathi appeared with Paes in six season finales. In 2011, they appeared, for the first time since 2002, after securing qualification in mid-October.
  • 2012
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bhupathi also accused AITA of using Sania Mirza as bait for Leander's participation in the Olympics. 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. The duo of Bhupathi and Paes has the longest doubles streak in Davis Cup history. 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.
    On 19 June 2012, the All India Tennis association relented to the demands of Bhupathi and Bopanna of not playing along Paes.
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    Leander Paes wanted to play with Mahesh Bhupathi in the men's doubles event of the London Olympics, to be held July–August 2012.
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    In 2012, he and Rohan Bopanna made it to the final, where they lost to Marcel Granollers and Marc López.
    More Details Hide Details Wins (4) Runners-up (6) 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. 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.
    On 4 November 2012, Bhupathi and partner Rohan Bopanna won the Paris Masters cup.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On 7 June 2012, Bhupathi and Sania Mirza won the French Open mixed doubles.
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    In 2011, Bhupathi reunited with former playing partner Leander Paes for the 2011 Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details The team reached the final, but lost 3–6, 4–6 to the Bryan brothers.
  • 2009
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2007
    Age 32
    At the 2007 US Open, he and Zimonjić paired in doubles.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After this victory, he won a tournament in New Haven with Nenad Zimonjić.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The team lost to the eventual champions Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor.
    In 2007, Bhupathi and Radek Štěpánek reached the 2007 Australian Open men's doubles event's quarterfinals.
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  • 2006
    Age 31
    In 2006, Bhupathi won the doubles championship with Leander Paes at the Asian Games in Doha.
    More Details Hide Details 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 was married to model Shvetha Jaishankar but they divorced after seven years.
    In 2006, Bhupathi teamed with Martina Hingis in the Australian Open mixed doubles competition.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2002
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 25
    He then married Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta in a civil ceremony on 16 February 2011 at Bandra, Mumbai. It was followed by a Christian ceremony on 20 February 2011 at Sunset Point in Goa.
    More Details Hide Details On 1 August 2011, Dutta confirmed that she was pregnant with their first child. Their daughter Saira was born on 20 January 2012. In 2010, the couple started a film production company, Big Daddy Productions.
  • 1999
    Age 24
    In 1999, Bhupathi won three doubles titles with Leander Paes, including the French Open and Wimbledon.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    Bhupathi played at the year-end championships with Paes from 1997–2000 and in 2002, reaching three finals.
    More Details Hide Details 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 1997, he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament (with Rika Hiraki).
    More Details Hide Details 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. Mahesh Bhupathi is known as one of the top doubles players in the 1990s and 2000s.
  • 1974
    Born on June 7, 1974.
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