Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi and his model-wife Shweta Jaishankar had ended their six-and-half-year-old relationship in October, last year. The court finally approved the divorce of the star couple this month. “Shvetha and I have decided to go our separate ways, but continue to remain cordial,” doubles specialist Bhupathi said in a short statement. In a separate statement, Jaishankar, who married the tennis player in 2002, said she wished Bhupathi the best for his future.
Mahesh Bhupathi is best known as one of the top doubles players in the ’90s and the ’00s. In 1999, Bhupathi won three doubles titles with Leander Paes including Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He and Leander became the first doubles team to reach 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. On 26 April that year, they became the World No. 1 doubles team. Bhupathi also won the US Open mixed doubles with Ai Sugiyama of Japan.
In 2006, Bhupathi teamed with Martina Hingis in the Australian Open mixed doubles competition. Entering the tournament unseeded and as wildcards, the first-time pair defeated four seeded opponents along the way, while only dropping a single set throughout. Bhupathi and Hingis defeated the sixth-seeded team of Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva in straight sets, 6–3, 6–3 to capture the championship. It was the sixth mixed doubles Grand Slam for Bhupathi, and a first for Hingis. By winning Australian Open, Bhupathi completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.
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