BHUPATHI Mahesh < Back  
Sport Tennis
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 07 Jun 1974 in Madras, IND
Height1.85 m
Weight 88 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Lara Dutta, daughter Saira
Residence Mumbai, IND
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner
Languages English, Hindi, Tamil
Higher education Business Administration - University of Mississippi: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing at age seven in the United Arab Emirates.
Why this sport? He was influenced by his family.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Double-handed backhand
Handedness Right
General Interest
Nicknames Hesh (uk.eurosport.yahoo.com, 10 Jan 2008)
Hobbies Surfing the internet. (Athlete, 29 Sep 1999)
Injuries He had back surgery in October 2007. (The Hindu, 20 Dec 2007)
Awards and honours In 2001 he and Leander Paes received the Padma Shri, in recognition of their distinguished service to the nation. (atpworldtour.com, 11 Jun 2011)

In 1999 he and Paes became the first doubles pairing to reach the final of all four Grand Slams in the same year since 1952. The duo won the French Open and Wimbledon and were runners-up at the Australian Open and US Open. (ATP, 25 Aug 2006)
Other information TURNING PRO
He turned professional in 1995. (ATP 10 Jul 2004)

BUSINESS
He founded a sports and entertainment management company called Globosport early in the 2000s. The company stages tennis and entertainment events and looks after some of the country's top sports stars, including Sania Mirza, as well as Bollywood film stars. (indiatimes.com, 15 Mar 2012)

FALLING OUT
He and former doubles partner Leander Paes were once described as "inseparable" friends when they won the doubles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon in 1999, and again in France in 2001. But since then they have fallen out on several occasions in both their personal and sporting lives. The feud was reignited in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games when Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, who qualified for London together, said they would refuse to partner with Paes at the Games. "If AITA feels that putting Paes and one of us will have a chance for a medal, then they don't know anything about tennis," Bhupathi said. "It's not about practice alone. We want to perform and we need the comfort between [Bhopanna and I], the chemistry and camaraderie." (timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 18 Jun 2012)