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MaheshBhupathi is an ace Indian professional tennis player and one of the most dominant doubles players in the sport’s history. He is a 12-time Grand Slam Champion and in 1997, he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament. With his win at the Australian Open mixed doubles in 2006, he joined the elite group of eight tennis players who have achieved a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. Bhupathi began a fruitful doubles partnership with countryman Leander Paes in 1994. He and Paes became the first doubles team to reach the 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. In both 1997 and 1998, the duo captured six Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) doubles titles out of the eight tournament finals they reached during each year. In 1999, the pair ascended to the number one ATP doubles ranking.
Bhupathi took five ATP doubles titles in each year between 2002 and 2004, including a U.S. Open championship with Belarus’s Max Mirnyi in 2002. Bhupathi was even more successful in his mixed doubles Grand Slam career. He won five mixed doubles Grand Slam titles between 1999 and 2006 with five different partners, among them France’s Mary Pierce, Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova, and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis. In so doing, he won championships in the three other Grand Slam tournaments (in addition to his French Open title in 1997), giving him a career mixed doubles Grand Slam. He added to his tally with Australian Open and French Open mixed doubles championships while partnered with India’s Sania Mirza. In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards. In 2014, Mahesh Bhupathi launched an authentic Indian sports brand "ZEVEN" which has been active to revolutionize the sports arena of India. The company currently endorses Rohan Bopanna, Shikhar Dhawan, Mary Kom amongst others.