Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi is an ace Indian professional tennis player and widely acclaimed as one of the most terrific double players in the world with 12 Grand Slam titles and other instances of praiseworthy successes to his credit. Bhupathi has had several successful partnerships with some legendary players in his career including Martina Hingis but his partnership with Leander Paes during the 90s is the one that worked wonders with his Indian fans. In 1999, Mahesh Bhupathi won three doubles titles with Leander Paes
, including French Open and Wimbledon, thus marking them as the first doubles team to reach the finals of all four Grand Slams 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. Bhupathi has won a total of four doubles titles by teaming up with Paes in 2001. In 2006, Bhupathi teamed with Martina Hingis in a wild card entry at the Australian Open mixed doubles competition and won the championship. It was the sixth mixed doubles Grand Slam for Bhupathi, and a first for Hingis. In 2002, Bhupathi paired with Max Mirnyi and went on to grab the US Open Doubles title. The same year Bhupathi was conferred with the highest civilian awards in India- the Padma Shri. In 2007, Bhupathi partnered Radek Stepanek to reach the doubles final of the French Open. 2009 saw Bhupathi and Sania Mirza
winning the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open. The same pair won the French Open mixed doubles on 7th June 2012. He is currently married to the Bollywood actress Lara Dutta with whom Mahesh Bhupathi has a daughter - Saira.