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Mahesh Bhupathi


About Mahesh Bhupathi

Mahesh Shrinivas Bhupathi is an Indian professional tennis player. He has won 12 Grand Slam titles. Mahesh Bhupathi became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament in 1997. In 2006, he achieved a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

Professional Biography

Rift with All India Tennis Association

Mahesh Bhupathi and his doubles partner Rohan Bopanna insisted on playing the 2012 London Olympics together, though the All India Tennis Association wanted Bhupathi to partner Leander Paes. Both Bhupathi and Bopanna insisted on playing together in the London Olympics or not playing at all. Though the decision angered the AITA, they finally allowed them to play together in the London Olympics after a series of negotiations.

After the London Olympics, the AITA has placed a temporary ban on Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna and didn't select them in the Davis Cup match against New Zealand. The AITA subsequently placed a two-year ban on both Bhupathi and Bopanna on disciplinary reasons.

On September 18, 2012 Mahesh Bhupathi lashed out against the All India Tennis Association saying that the tennis administration in the country is detrimental to the growth of sport in the country. Speaking at a media conference, Bhupathi read out a prepared statement.

Excerpts from the statement

"I am here to detail episodes of the personal vendetta the AITA and its dictatorial rule have carried out against me over the last decade. Tennis has given me everything I am today and, by god's grace, I am able to give back a lot to my sport, be it running tennis events, building tennis courts, raising money for talented kids and even opening academies across the country,"

"However, at every step of the way the establishment has put a spoke in the wheel. So much so that they changed the constitution to make sure we are not able to run any event in India without them being part of it."

"Anil Khanna has enjoyed the rift between Leander and me as no other. He has re-defined the term divide and rule and at this year's Olympics, used Leander's shoulder to fire the gun against me multiple times. Unfortunately, the media terms this a Bhupathi-Paes rift and the true underbelly is left unquestioned."

"Over 80 percent of members of the executive committee have sat there for close to twenty years if not more and they are yet to produce one professional tennis player. The Krishnans, the Amritrajs, Zeeshan (Ali), Leander, Sania (Mirza), Rohan (Bopanna), Somdev (Devvarman) and Yuki (Bhambri) have not benefited from their system. Yet they continue to hold their positions and go about their jobs in the name of Indian tennis."

"I have extended a hand of friendship to Anil Khanna several times but he was not forthcoming. He always wanted full control of things."

"It looks like I have no choice but to accept this ban. I don't know who to complain on the matter."

"I do feel really bad for my friend and partner Rohan who has been caught in the cross-fire of dirty politics. As far as I'm concerned I was always banned by the AITA, they never supported anything I did for the sport, only when they couldn't do without me and they needed the doubles point in Davis Cup, I got the E-mail."

"They continue to misuse the power. They have to try and teach me a lesson only because they feel I am able to do a lot more for the sport than they do,"

Exploring Legal Options

Mahesh Bhupathi said that he was not informed about the ban by AITA and that he was available for the Davis Cup tie against New Zealand. He said that he is not going to accept the ban and his lawyers and considering legal options.

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