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(L-R) Olympic medalist Abhinav Bindra, Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and former tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi during 'Dreams of a Billion' book launch, in Mumbai.

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Tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi, his wife and Bollywood actor Lara Dutta show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Maharashtra Assembly elections, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen, Olympic medallist M C Mary Kom, Tennis player Mahesh Bhupati at the launch of 'Karnika' India's first flagged cruise line, in Mumbai

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Paes, who famously clinched the 1996 Olympics bronze, teamed with Bhupathi to set many records in doubles. They reached their peak in doubles rankings in 1999—Bhupathi in April and Paes in June. Together, they were declared the World No. 1 pair at the year-end rankings. They have a 303-103 career record, and the longest winning streak in Davis Cup doubles—24 straight wins. This April, Paes set a world record for most doubles wins (43) during a Davis Cup tie against China.

Tennis Player Rohan Bopanna giving tips to school kids at an event, in Bengaluru.

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Actress Lara Dutta with husband Mahesh Bhupati during wedding reception of Arpita Khan in Mumbai on Friday night 21 Nov. 2014.

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Mahesh Bhupati at the launch of a new spin effect technology racquet in Mumbai.

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Mahesh Bhupathi smiles after he was presented a traditional head-gear during a felicitation ceremony before the Group I Asia-Oceania Relegation Play-off tennis doubles match at the Davis Cup between India and Indonesia, in Bangalore.

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Leander Paes greets Mahesh Bhupati during a felicitation function before the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I play-off first round doubles match in Bengaluru.

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India's veteran and senior tennis players from left, S P Mishra, Mahesh Bhupati, Ramesh Krishnan, Anand Amritraj, Ramnathan Krishnan and Leander Paes wear traditional Mysore peta at a felicitation function before the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I play-off first round doubles match in Bengaluru.

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Mahesh Bhupathi returns as partner Michael Llodra of France looks on during the doubles final against Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Nenad Zimonjic in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna play a return to Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez both of Spain during their ATP World Tour Tennis doubles final match in London.

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Marcel Granollers, second left, and Marc Lopez, left, both of Spain hold their ATP World Tour Tennis doubles trophy as they stand next to runners-up Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna right with their trophies following the final as they pose for the media after the presentation ceremony in London.

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Mahesh Bhupathi touches hands with playing partner Rohan Bopanna as they play Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez both of Spain during their ATP World Tour Tennis doubles final match in London.

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Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna talk together during a break as they play Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez both of Spain during their ATP World Tour Tennis doubles final match in London.

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Mahesh Bhupathi, and Rohan Bopanna hold their ATP World Tour Tennis doubles runners-up trophies after they were defeated in the final by Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez both of Spain in London.

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Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna play a return to Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez both of Spain during their ATP World Tour Tennis doubles final match in London. The Spaniards beat the duo.

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Mahesh Bhupathi, right, and Rohan Bopanna talk to each other, as they play Leander Paes and Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek, during their ATP World Tennis Finals doubles semi final match in London.

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Mahesh Bhupathi of India, right, talks to his partner Rohan Bopanna of India, during their ATP World Tour Finals doubles semifinal tennis match against Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic at the O2 Arena in London.

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Leander Paes, left, and Radek Stepanek, of the Czech Republic, 2nd left, hold the champion trophies as India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna hold their the runner-up trophies during the award ceremony of the men's doubles final at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China. Paes and Stepanek pair won 6-7(7), 6-3, 10-5.

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Tennis player Mahesh Bhupati addresses a press conference in Mumbai. Stung by the two-year ban imposed on him, veteran tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi hit back at the AITA, accusing the game's governing body of resorting to "divide-and-rule" policy and said its "dictatorial attitude" will be harmful for the future of Indian tennis.

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Tennis doubles duo MAHESH BHUPATHI, ROHAN BOPANNA from Davis Cup team for their revolt against Paes. After Olympics flop show, they made Cincinnati Masters final.

Bhupathi-Bopanna Tennis After all the brouhaha over self-selection, the duo went out in the second round

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna play a shot against France R.Gasquet and Julien Benneteau during their Light Men's Doubles second round match of the London 2012 Olympics at the Wimbledon in London. The pair lost the match thus crashing out of the Olympics.

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File combo picture of tennis players Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna. All India Tennis Association (AITA) announced, the country would have two entries Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna as one team while Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan as second team, in the men's doubles for the London Olympic Games.

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Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi celbrate their victory in the mixed double final match at the French Open tennis tournament against Poland's Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Mexico's Santiago Gonzalez at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris which they won 7-6, 6-1.

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Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi celebrate their victory after their mixed double final match at the French Open tennis tournament against Poland's Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Mexico's Santiago Gonzalez at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris which they won 7-6, 6-1.

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Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi during their mixed double final match at the French Open tennis tournament against Poland's Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Mexico's Santiago Gonzalez at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris which they went on to win 7-6, 6-1.

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Their first French Open title at last! Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi with their cup after defeating Poland's Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Mexico's Santiago Gonzalez in the mixed double final match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The Indian pair won 7-6, 6-1.

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Watching a Davis Cup match with Mahesh Bhupathi in Chennai

Rohan Bopanna, right, and Mahesh Bhupathi return the ball to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland during their doubles final tennis match at the Emirates Dubai ATP Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Sania Mirza, right and Mahesh Bhupathi play Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US and Horia Tecau of Romania in the mixed doubles semifnal at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Sania Mirza, right, and Mahesh Bhupathi play Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic and Jurgen Melzer of Austria during their second round mixed doubles match at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia.

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Sania Mirza, right, and Mahesh Bhupathi, left, talk as they play Natalie Grandin of South Africa and Jean-Julien Rojer of Curacao during their mixed doubles first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia.

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India's Leander Paes shares a light moment with Mahesh Bhupathi during a practice session for ATP Chennai Open 2012 in Chennai.

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Mahesh Bhupathi, left, and Leader Paes play a return to Sweden's Robert Lindstedt and Romania's Horia Tecau during a round robin doubles tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London.

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Rohan Bopanna, left, and Mahesh Bhupathi celebrate after winning over Japan during their match of the Davis Cup World Group Playoff Japan vs India in Tokyo. India won, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.

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Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza in action during their mixed doubles match at US Open Tennis Championchip in New York.

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Mahesh Bhupathi, left, talks to partner Leander Paes during their double final tennis match against U.S.'s Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan at the Queen's Club grass court championships in London.

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LEANDER PAES and MAHESH BHUPATHI, playing their first season as a team in ages, are NO. 1 IN THE ATP DOUBLES RANKING after winning the Sony Ericsson Open, their second title of the tour.

Tennis Star Mahesh Bhupati and actress Lara Dutta pose after their wedding in Candolin, Goa.

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Tennis Star Mahesh Bhupati and actress Lara Dutta pose after their wedding in Candolin, Goa. The couple had registered their marriage in Mumbai and later held a grand wedding at a five star resort in Goa.

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Tennis Player Mahesh Bhupathi and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta going for the Sangeet ceremony ahead of their wedding in Panaji.

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Leander Paes and compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi play Spain's Tommy Robredo, right top, and Marcel Granollers during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

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Leander Paes, left and Mahesh Bhupathi pose with the trophies after winning the doubles final match at the ATP Chennai Open tennis event, in Chennai.The duo defeated the team of David Martin ( U.S), and Robin Haase (Netherlands) in the finals.(6-2, 6-7, 10-7).

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Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi shake hands with Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka and Canada's Frank Dancevic after their doubles match in the first round of Chennai Open 2011 in Chennai. The Indian duo won the match.

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Mahesh Bhupathi, with doubles partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus, serves to Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Oliver Marach of Austria during a round robin mens doubles match at the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena, in London.

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Mahesh Bhupathi, left, and his teammate Max Mirnyi from Belarus, right, are seen during their doubles final match against Murray Brothers at ATP 500 World Tour Valencia Open tennis tournament, in Valencia, Spain. Murray brothers won 7-6 (8), 5-7, 10-7.

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Mahesh Bhupathi (right) returns the ball to Sri Lankan players Dinesh Kanthan and Amresh Jayawickrema (unseen) as teammate Leander Paes looks on during a men's doubles tennis match in the Commonwealth Games at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex in New Delhi

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Dec 22: Indian tennis got some good news towards the end of the year when Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes announced their decision to pair up again; the duo won several titles with separate partners during the year. *** Leander Paes, left, and Mahesh Bhupathi celebrate after defeating Brazil's Marcelo Mello and Joao Soares during a tennis match in the Davis Cup World Group playoff in Chennai on Sept. 18, 2010. Paes and Bhupathi beat Mello and Soares 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1.

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Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupati, left, and Indian soccer captain Bhaichung Bhutia, right, gesture as Jacqueline Fernandez, actress and former Miss Sri Lanka, play tennis during the inauguration of Bhupati's Sky Courts Tennis Academy in Calcutta. The tennis courts are constructed on the roof top of a mall

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From left, India's Davis Cup team captain Shiv-Prakash Misra, Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna, Mahesh Bhupathi, Somdev Devvarman pose after the draw for their upcoming Davis Cup tournament in Moscow.

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Mahesh Bhupathi and his partner Bahamas' Mark Knowles return the ball to Czech Republic's Frantisek Cermark and Slovakia's Michal Mertinak during their ATP World Tour Finals tennis match at the 02 Arena in London.

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Mark Knowles, and Mahesh Bhupathi, hold their second place trophy for the men's doubles finals with Knowles' son Graham at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Leander Paes, and his partner Lukas Dlouhy, won the championship.

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Leander Paes and his partner Lukas Dlouhy,hold the championship trophy after winning the men's doubles finals match over Mahesh Bhupathi, and Mark Knowles, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

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Mahesh Bhupathi, right and Sania Mirza, left of India prepares to serve against Colin Fleming and Sarah Borwell in a mixed doubles match at Wimbledon.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008
Paes and Bhupathi are teaming up again to take India to Olympics with a glimmer of hope. The duo led India into the play-offs for the Davis Cup world group for the first time in three years, defeating Japan's Takao Suzuki and Satoshi Iwabuchi 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. It was India's eighth successive win at home against the Japanese since 1961 and carried them into September's play-offs for the elite 16-nation world group. Of the troublesome twosome, with a far from affable relationship, Paes had recently said: "Opting to play doubles with Mahesh was probably the worst decision of my playing career." But now adding to the already simmering discontent is the trio of Prakash Amritraj, Rohan Bopanna and Bhupathi who have refused to play under Paes, the team’s playing captain. (In the photo) India's Leander Paes, background, serves as Mahesh Bhupathi looks on during their Davis Cup tennis match against Japan in New Delhi.

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Sunday January 27, 2008
Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza lost out to China's Sun Tiantian and her Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic at the Australian Open mixed doubles title 7-6 (7/4), 6-4. Before that, Bhupathi had been the only one of the four to taste Grand Slam mixed doubles success, winning the French Open in 1997 and 2006, Wimbledon in 2002 and 2005, and the US Open in 1999 and 2005. The Australian Open remains missing from his collection.

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Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi talk to each other during their mixed doubles match against Zimbabwe's Cara Black and Poland's Marcin Matkowski at the Wimbledon. The Indian duo crashed out after suffering a second round defeat. The unseeded pair of Bhupathi and Sania, who were playing together in a Grand Slam for the first time, went down 4-6, 4-6.

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Wednesday 13 December
The bitter public spat between Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi overshadowed the two gold and two silver India won in tennis at the Asian Games in Doha. The failure to win a gold in the men's team event, losing to unfancied Chinese Taipei, triggered off the latest round of wrangling with Paes accusing Bhupathi of 'not being honest with himself, his injuries and his tennis'. Bhupathi's father hit back saying 'it's not fair on the part of the captain to comment this way, it's unethical.' After some suspense over whether they would combine for the doubles, the duo took to the court and expectedly bagged the gold. But soon after, Bhupathi broke his silence to announce 'Thank God it is over on a high because I feel after we had a career together, it would have been unfair anywhere else. I have been living with his comments. I am hurt. Hopefully, this is the last one since we stopped playing together now.' When Paes was asked whether he would consider playing with Bhupathi on a regular basis after the match, he had answered 'no' since he already had a partner in the circuit. But he was quick to clarify after winning the mixed doubles with Sania that he had never said that he would not play with Bhupathi for India and even went to the extent of calling him 'the stalwart of my team'.

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Monday 2 October
Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Mario Ancic of Croatia pose with the winners' cheque and the trophies after winning against the Indian duo of Rohan Bopanna and Mustafa Ghouse in the doubles finals match of the Kingfisher Open Tennis in Mumbai. Indian ace Mahesh Bhupathi has sent shock waves in the sporting circles by saying he does not want to represent India in future big events, including upcoming Doha Asian Games in December. Bhupathi has been quoted as saying that the decision was due to refusal of Leander Paes to play with him in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. Paes and Bhupathi, popularly known as 'Indian Express' with three Grand Slam titles to their credit, had reached the doubles semifinals in Athens where they lost to Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic after a gruelling fight.

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Sunday 29 January
Switzerland's Martina Hingis hugs her partner Mahesh Bhupathi of India as they celebrate their win in the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia. Hingis and Bhupathi defeated Canada's Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva 6-3, 6-3. It was the sixth mixed doubles win in the Grand Slam titles with six different partners for Bhupathi who won at Wimbledon and US Open last year with Mary Pierce and Daniela Hantuchova respectively. He also has four men's doubles titles under his belt.

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Martina Hingis of Switzerland returns a shot as her partner Mahesh Bhupathi looks on during the mixed doubles match against Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Lisa Raymond of the United States at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Bhupathi and Hingis shocked second seeds Bjorkman and Raymond after they came through a third set tie-break of 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 10-7 to setup a quarter-final clash with Todd Perry and Rennae Stubbs of Australia.

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