Mahesh Bhupathi

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).[lower-alpha 1] 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]

Mahesh Bhupathi
Bhupathi at the 2009 US Open
Full nameMahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi
Country (sports) India
Born (1974-06-07) 7 June 1974
Chennai, India
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro1995
Retired2016
CollegeOle Miss
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)
Medal record
Representing  India
Men's tennis
Asian Games
2002 BusanDoubles
2006 DohaDoubles
2002 BusanMixed Doubles
1998 BangkokSingles
1998 BangkokTeam Event
1998 BangkokMixed Doubles
Commonwealth Games
2010 DelhiDoubles
Afro-Asian Games
2003 HyderabadDoubles
2003 HyderabadMixed Doubles
Last updated on: 14 November 2016.

Career

1995–2006

Mahesh Bhupathi is considered one of the top doubles players of 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 the first one for Hingis. By winning the Australian Open, Bhupathi completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

2007–2008

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]

2009–2012

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 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.

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 rejoined starting with the Monte-Carlo Masters.[12]

Playing style

Mahesh Bhupathi is known for his big serve. According to Nadal, his strong backhand 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]

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 to 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 finals

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

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)

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

Doubles: 1 (1 fourth place)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place2004 Summer Olympics, Athens Hard Leander Paes Mario Ančić
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 (16–14)
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 timelines

Doubles

Tournament199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015 2016W–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
199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015 2016Career
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 doubles

Tournament199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014 2015SR
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 Games

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 life

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.

Partnerships

Partners in men's doubles

No.PartnerYear
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 Vittaya 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 doubles

No.PartnerYearAustralian OpenFrench OpenWimbledonUS 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
  • These lists only consists of players who played with Mahesh Bhupathi in ATP(& ITF)-recognized tournaments which include the Olympics, Grand Slams, World Tour Finals, World Tour Masters, World Tour Series, Davis Cup Ties, and ATP Challengers. The lists might be incomplete when all the other tournaments are considered. The order of the players in the list is based on their first partnering with Mahesh Bhupathi.

India – Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Other Events

Partnership with Leander Paes

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 Record

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

SL Year Opponent Result
11995 Sasa Hirszon / Goran IvaniševićW
21996 Jacco Eltingh / Paul HaarhuisL
31996 Jonas Björkman / Nicklas KultiL
41997 Martin Damm / Petr KordaW
51997 Nicolás Massú / Marcelo RíosW
61998 Neil Broad / Tim HenmanW
71999 Kim Dong-hyun / Hyung-Taik LeeW
81999 Shan Jiang / Zhu BenqiangW
92001 Ran Xu / Jing-Zhu YangW
102001 Thomas Shimada / Takao SuzukiW
112001 Donald Johnson / Jared PalmerW
122002 Patrick Chucri / Ali HamadehW
132002 James Shortall / Daniel WillmanW
142003 Jun Kato / Thomas ShimadaW
152003 Alistair Hunt / Mark NielsenW
162004 Mark Nielsen / Matthew PrenticeW
172004 Thomas Shimada / Takahiro TerachiW
182005 Wang Yu / Zhu BenqiangW
192005 Murad Inoyatov / Denis IstominW
202005 Simon Aspelin / Jonas BjörkmanW
212006 Woong-Sun Jun / Oh-Hee KwonW
222006 Jalil Khan / Asim ShafikW
232008 Satoshi Iwabuchi / Takao SuzukiW
242008 Adrian Cruciat / Horia TecăuW
252009 Tsung-Hua Yang / Chu-Huan YiW
262010 Teymuraz Gabashvili / Igor KunitsynW
272010 Marcelo Melo / Bruno SoaresW

Sports management and sports-based e-commerce

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 League

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]

Awards

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

Notes

  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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