Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi was born on 7 June 1974 in Chennai is an Indian professional tennis player widely regarded as among the best doubles players in the world with 11 Grand Slam titles to his credit. In 1997, he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament. With his win of the Australian Open Mixed Doubles in 2006, he joined the elite group of eight tennis players who have achieved a Career Mixed Doubles Grand Slam.
Mahesh Bhupathi is best known as one of the top doubles players in the ’90s and the ’00s. In 1999, Bhupathi won three doubles titles with Leander Paes including Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He and Leander became the first doubles team to reach 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 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 Australian Open, Bhupathi completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.
In 2007, Bhupathi and Czech Radek Št?pánek reached the 2007 Australian Open men’s doubles event’s quarterfinals. He teamed with Št?pánek at the 2007 French Open to make the doubles semifinals, defeating dual-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 along 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 Zimonji?. At the 2007 U.S. Open, he and Zimonji? paired in doubles. After the U.S. Open, the team that beat Bhupathi and Št?pánek in the French Open semifinals, Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor, split. Bhupathi was to become the new partner of Mark Knowles while Zimonji? will partner Nestor, but back surgery means he is now expected to be out until the end of the year.
In 2009, Bhupathi and doubles partner Sania Mirza won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open, beating Nathalie Dechy (France) and Andy Ram (Israel) 6–3, 6–1 in the final in Melbourne. The ace Indian pair thus made up for the disappointment of last year’s final when they were beaten by Tiantian Sun and Nenad Zimonji?. With this win, Bhupathi’s count in mixed doubles Grand Slam titles swells to seven.
Bhupathi broke up his partnership with Knowles and began playing once again with Max Mirnyi, whom he played with to win the 2002 U.S. 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 Bob and Mike Bryan.
Mahesh Bhupathi has donned Indian colors numerous times for the Davis Cup as well as other international fixtures including Asian Games.
Mahesh Bhupathi has played 46 matches for India in the Davis Cup (from 1995 to 2006), winning 28 and losing 18. Out of the 28 matches that he won, 20 of his victories came in doubles matches.
In 2006, Bhupathi won the doubles championship with Leander Paes at the Asian Games in Doha.
Bhupathi is Christian. His mother tongue is Telugu.
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 after been married for seven years, the couple have divorced.
He then married Lara Dutta, Miss Universe of 2000 in a Civil Ceremony on 16 February 2011 at Bandra, Mumbai And later followed by a Christian Ceremony on 20 February 2011 at Sunset Point in Goa.