For the longest time in Indian tennis history, the buzz was dominated by the iconic combination of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, who together built incredible records and continued. Indian tennis parade on a global stage.
The Paes-Bhupathi pair is also the first team to make it to the finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments to become the first of the Open Era names to achieve a feat. Together they also had the longest series of matches in Davis Cup history.
From being the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament to a Grand Slam career in the mixed doubles, Bhupathi is also considered the best doubles player in the history of world tennis.
Bhupathi is also named as a rather unique record – he has won the Grand Slam titles with seven different partners and in straight sets. But perhaps what makes Mahesh Bhipathi a bigger stature than any of his contemporaries is that he was instrumental in promoting the career of the most successful Indian female tennis player, Sania Mirza.
Another Indian tennis player who has been one of the sport’s outstanding players over the years is Vijay Amritraj. Even after more than two decades of retirement from the professional race, Amritraj remains the highest-ranked Indian single player ever with his No 16 world earned in 1980.
Part of ‘ABC tennis’ fame, along with legends Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, whom he also won, Amritraj has also been Asia’s No. 1 tennis player for more than a decade.
One of India’s best doubles players, Rohan Bopanna has been a member of India’s Davis Cup team since 2002 and only the fourth Indian player to win the Grand Slam title. Bopanna was instrumental in India’s 2010 Davis Cup victory over Brazil, bringing India back to the World Group for the first time since 1998.
While India is plunging into mixed and mixed events in the world stage, the country’s singles exploitation is relatively few and far between. Among the rare varieties of Indian players who have been active and quite successful in the individual race is Somdev Devvarman.
The only university player to have won three finals in a row at NCCA, perhaps it was a tough competition at the grassroots level that prepared Devvarman to dispute the national and international stage. In fact, he remains one of the strongest players to emerge from India in the modern era of the sport.