Indian Tennis Champion: Mahesh Bhupati

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

A name very much synonymous with that of Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi turned pro in mid-nineties and very soon came to be known as one of the most successful Indian tennis players ever after winning the first Grand Slam (mixed doubles) title ever by an Indian, at the Australian Open in 1997.

Although Bhupathi didn’t fare very well in the singles circuit, he went on to add seven Men’s doubles and eight Mixed doubles titles to his belt, reaching his career best #1 in Men’s double on 26 April 1999. He also recently started the International Premier Tennis League in November 2014, which recently completed its second season.

Highest Rank Achieved
Singles: #217 (on 2 February 1998)
Doubles: #1 (on 26 April 1999)