In 1997, Mahesh Bhupathi did India proud as he won the country's first Grand Slam at the French Open with partner Rika Hiraki in the mixed-doubles.
In December 2012, Mahesh Bhupathi announced that he will retire at the end of the 2013 tennis season with the ATP Tour Finals. The US Open was the be the Indian tennis ace's last Grand Slam ever as he paired in mixed doubles with former partner Martina Hingis who was making a comeback.
The Indo-Swiss pair who won the Australian Open in 2006, lost their mixed doubles first round tie to Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei and Swedish Robert Lindstedt in a close match.
Bhupathi in his men's doubles encounter also lost early as he and partner Philipp Petzschner lost 3-6, 6-7 to Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.
In his last Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows, the 12 time Grand Slam winner was unable to make week 2 asnd walked away with his last hurrah not complete. Mahesh Bhupathi will hope for a better showing at the ATP World Tour Finals which is set to be his last appearence as a tennis player.
Bhupathi is seeking to get into Bollywood film production and managing his tennis academy.
From 1999 onwards, Bhupathi partnered Leander Paes and the duo formed a formidable team as they won three men doubles titles.
Paes and Bhupathi went on to become the first doubles team to reach the finals of all four Grand Slams - Australian, French, US Opens and Wimbledon. An open era record that was last done in 1952. The Indian team also rose to World No1 in men's doubles.
A personal problem lead to the duo separating as they went on to win more titles separately. Mahesh Bhupathi won the Australian Open in 2006 with Martina Hingis and completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.
In mixed doubles, pairing with Sania Mirza, Bhupathi won the Australian Open in 2009 and the French Open in 2012. He also joined forces with Leander Paes again in 2011, but another disagreement lead to the pair separating as Bhupathi paired with Rohan Bopanna another countryman. The duo also separated in early 2013.
The US Open was Bhupathi's last Grand Slam. If he makes the ATP World Tour, the Indian ace will be seen hanging his tennis racquet there.
In Indian tennis, Bhupathi has his fans but the tennis ace earned a lot of flak due to his 'unprofessional' behaviour when asked to pair with Leander Paes and represent India at the London Olympics which lead to his split from Sania Mirza as a mixed-doubles partner too.
Despite the criticism, his records speak for themselves, Mahesh Bhupathi's play style has earned him respect on the ATP circuit and in world tennis as his Grand Slam wins have ensured he has entered tennis record books and made his name as India's first Grand Slam winner.