|Mahesh Bhupathi Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||June 7, 1974|
Mahesh Bhupathi is an Indian former professional tennis player who is widely regarded as one of the greatest doubles players of all time. A former world number one in the doubles format, he had amassed a 687–364 win-loss record (65.36%) in doubles and 52 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) doubles titles in 96 final appearances. He had won 4 Grand Slam titles in the doubles format – the French Open (1999, 2001), Wimbledon (1999), and the US Open (2002); and 8 Grand Slam titles in the mixed doubles format – the Australian Open (2006, 2009), the French Open (1997, 2012), Wimbledon (2002, 2005), and the US Open (1999, 2005). He had also made it to the final match of the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals 5 times (1997, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2012) without ever winning it.
Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi
Hesh, Indian Express
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Mahesh, after his high school graduation, had attended The University of Mississippi, a public research university in Oxford, Mississippi.
Professional Tennis Player (Retired)
- Father – C.G. Krishna Bhupathi
- Mother – Mira Bhupathi
- Siblings – Kavita Bhupathi Chadda (Sister) (Business Executive)
- Others – Lalit Kumar ‘L. K.’ Dutta (Father-in-Law) (Former Wing Commander in the Indian Air Force), Jennifer Dutta (née Maureen Storey) (Mother-in-Law), Sabrina Dutta (Sister-in-Law) (Served in the Indian Air Force), Cheryl Dutta (Sister-in-Law) (Former Squadron Leader in the Indian Air Force), Nitin Sawhney (Cousin-in-Law) (Music Composer), Arun Chadda (Brother-in-Law) (Businessman)
Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
82 kg or 181 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Mahesh has dated –
- Shvetha Jaishankar (2002–2009) – Mahesh got married to Indian model, author, entrepreneur, Bharatanatyam dancer, and former ‘Miss India International’ Shvetha Jaishankar in 2002. The couple had parted ways in 2009.
- Lara Dutta (2009-Present) – Mahesh began dating Indian actress, entrepreneur, and former ‘Miss Universe’ Lara Dutta in 2009, and they got engaged on September 21, 2010. They got married on February 16, 2011, in a civil ceremony in Bandra, Mumbai, and have a daughter together named Saira Bhupathi (b. January 20, 2012). In 2010, they had launched a film production company called Big Daddy Productions.
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, wavy hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Mahesh Bhupathi Facts
- In 1999, Mahesh and fellow Indian tennis legend Leander Paes had reached the final of the doubles event of all the 4 Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open). This was the first time that a pair had achieved this feat since 1952 and this was the first such instance in the Open Era. They had won the French Open and Wimbledon titles that year but had lost the final of the Australian Open and the US Open.
- This was just one of the early successes of the Mahesh-Leander partnership (affectionately known as ‘Lee-Hesh’) that became one of the most formidable doubles pairings in the history of the sport. They achieved a stupendous 303–103 career win-loss record as a duo which included a record-breaking 23 consecutive doubles wins in the Davis Cup.
- Their best performance at the Summer Olympic Games was in Athens in 2004 where they had finished 4th and had lost the ‘Bronze’ medal match to the Croatian pairing of Mario Ančić and Ivan Ljubičić in heartbreaking fashion with the scoreline reading 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 16-14 in the Croatians’ favor. The Indian duo had also won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2002 Busan Asian Games, a feat they had repeated at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.
- In 2001, he was honored with the ‘Padma Shri’, India’s 4th-highest civilian award.
- He had retired from competitive tennis in 2016 but has been involved with sports, in general, and tennis in particular, in several other capacities.
- In 2013, he had founded the now-defunct ‘International Premier Tennis League’, a franchise-based international team event.
- In December 2016, he was appointed as India’s non-playing Davis Cup captain.
- He has been actively involved in developing tennis facilities in India and is also the founder of the sports management company Globosport that manages the careers of several Indian athletes across a variety of sports codes.
- When he won the mixed doubles title at the 1997 French Open, he had become the first Indian tennis player ever to have won a Grand Slam tournament.
- When he won the mixed doubles title at the 2006 Australian Open, he had become just the 8th male player in history to have achieved a ‘Career Grand Slam’ (the feat of winning at least one title at each of the aforementioned 4 Grand Slam tournaments) in mixed doubles.
- The only Grand Slam tournament, across the doubles and mixed doubles formats, that he did not win in his career was the doubles title at the Australian Open. He did reach the doubles final of that tournament thrice though (1999, 2009, 2011). In 1999, his pairing was defeated in a marathon 5-setter whose scoreline read – 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 6–7 (10–12), 6–4. In both 2009 and 2011, his pairing was overpowered by the iconic duo of Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan.
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