6 Best Moments of Paes and Bhupathi as a Team

Leander Paes and his South African companion Raven Klaasen recently eliminated the duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Saketh Myneni from the Chennai Open and while it was not the first time that Paes and Bhupathi went head to head, having them on the same court brought back some good memories

Leander Paes and his South African companion Raven Klaasen recently eliminated the duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Saketh Myneni from Chennai Open and it wasn’t the first time that Paes and Bhupathi went head to head.  Even though they are the fiercest rivals on the court, the Paes – Bhupathi duo has given the fans a lot of moments to cherish as a team. The chances of seeing them once again playing together are slim indeed but that does not mean we cannot look back into the past. So here is a look at the best moments of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi as a team.  First big title in the Indian soil (1997) The inaugural Chennai Open took place back in 1996 and the nations hopes of seeing Lee – Hesh winning the title was dead in the first round itself. However, the team came back strongly and won the 1997 tournament in style to get their first title on home soil. Kings of the grass (1999) Winning the Wimbledon championship is considered to be one of the best things for a tennis player and the team reached that goal in 1999. It was one of their best years and the title came home after their defeated Paul Haarhuis and Jared Palmer in a four set thriller.  The curse of Australian Open (2011) This is not technically a good moment in the career but it was something worth remembering. The Australian Open title is something that has eluded the team on two occasions (1999 and 2011) even though they manage to reach the finals. The reason for 2011 getting into the list is because, Paes was just one win away from completing his career grand slam but unfortunately, it didn’t happen with Bhupathi by his side.  Double treat in French (2001) After snatching their first ever Grand Slam title in the French Open in 1999, the Indian Express managed to make their French stay glorious once again in 2001 when they defeated Petr Pála and Pavel Vízner i0n straight sets. This added the second French Open title to their cabinet, which is something they have not done in any other Grand Slam.  Davis Cup winning streak (2010) We have heard about a lot of streaks recently and the Indian Express had one of their own as well. They went on to win a whopping 23 consecutive matches in the Davis Cup which started from 1997 and ran all the way to 2010.  Conquering Asia (2002) The successful run of Lee- Hesh was morphed into some National Success when the team decided to represent their country in the Asian games. In 2002, they struck gold and improved India’s tally by beating the South Korean team of Chung Hee-seok and Lee Hyung-taik.  The Hat trick at Chennai Open (1999) After their first Chennai Open win in 1997, Paes and Bhupathi went on a rampage run which saw them win the title in both 1997, 1998. The duo capped off a hat trick in 1999 and stamped their place as one of the best performers in the tournament.  Getting to 300 (2011) Though Paes and Bhupathi have not teamed up in recent times, they have an impressive career record. They have 303 wins and just 103 losses as a team and the 300th win came in the 2011 Australian Open where they ended up being the runner up.  Top of the mountain (1999) It was already mentioned that the duo’s best year came in 1999 where they snatched up a plethora of championships including two Grand Slams in the form of French Open and Wimbledon. These efforts didn’t go unnoticed as they became the top ranked team in doubles for the first time ever.  The first of many – French Open win (1999) There is nothing more special than winning the first grand slam. Paes and Bhupathi achieved the magical feat in 1999 when they defeated Goran Ivanišević and Jeff Tarango in the final of French Open. The win coming in straight sets made it look even better.

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So here is a look at the best moments of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi as a team.




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