Mahesh Bhupati

The First Indian Tennis Player to win a Grand Slam Tournament


Widely recognized as one of the most successful doubles players in the history of Indian tennis, Mahesh Bhupathi is an internationally acclaimed former doubles world No. 1 tennis player who became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament in 1997. With this win, he joined the elite group of eight tennis players who have achieved a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. 

From a young age, he displayed a natural talent and passion for tennis. He honed his skills through rigorous training and dedication to the sport. Bhupathi's early success came in the doubles format, where his exceptional skills and strategic approach to the game set him apart.

Pairing up with his doubles partner Leander Paes, the duo went on to win three doubles titles, including French Open and Wimbledon. 

In 2004, he acquired the position among the top 10 Doubles players for the fourth successive year and sixth time in seven years.

He is an ace tennis player and founder of the International Premier Tennis League. He was also appointed as India's next non-playing Davis Cup captain in 2016.

Throughout his career, Mahesh Bhupathi formed formidable partnerships with several renowned players. He achieved great success alongside Max Mirnyi, with whom he won the US Open men's doubles title in 2002. Additionally, Bhupathi partnered with other notable players such as Jonas Bjorkman, Mark Knowles, and Rohan Bopanna, among others, and achieved numerous victories in various prestigious tournaments around the world.

He also started a film production company, Big Daddy Productions with his wife Lara Dutta and even launched an authentic Indian sports brand, ZEVEN in 2014. His company currently endorses Ravindra Jadeja, Rohan Bopanna and Mary Kom, amongst others.

In 2006, he launched the Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academy, aiming to nurture young talents and provide them with world-class training facilities. Bhupathi's efforts have played a crucial role in inspiring and shaping the next generation of Indian tennis players.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Mahesh was awarded the prestigious ‘Padma Shri Award’ in 2001. 

He won the Australian Open Mixed Doubles in 2006 

He has been awarded the ‘Sports people for change Karmaveer Puraskaar’ in 2007 and was also honoured with the ‘Davis Cup Commitment Award’. 

Why Mahesh Bhupati ?

Mahesh is not just a winner on the court but a living legend with love for the game and the fortitude to live for it. He often talks about his prolific career on the field and his life after tennis. His achievements, including being the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament, have inspired generations of tennis players in the country. Bhupathi’s legacy as a doubles specialist and his commitment to promoting tennis in India have made him an influential figure in the world of tennis.

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