Career Highlights: Mahesh Bhupathi is considered one of the world's best doubles tennis players in the world. He turned pro in 1996 and has the distinction of being the first Indian to win a Grand Slam title. This was at the Australian Open in 1997 when he won the mixed doubles trophy with Rika Hiraki. In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Shri award by the Indian Government. Along with Leander Paes, he formed one of the most successful doubles pairings in the world at the time. They became the first pair to reach the finals of all four Grand Slams since 1952. Though their partnership ended in 1997, they re-united briefly in 2011 with an eye on the London Olympics, but later decided against it. He is currently partnering Rohan Bopanna on the ATP Tour and the pair will look to get India its first tennis gold at the Olympics this year. He has won 11 Grand Slam titles and is one of the most successful doubles players on the tour. He participated in the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics where he partnered Paes with a best result in 2004 where they reached the semi-final stage. He has also won the Gold medal in the 2006 Asian Games with Leander Paes.