June 7, 2012; Paris, FRANCE; Sania Mirza (IND) and Mahesh Bhupathi (IND) defeated Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (POL) and Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) 7-6 6-1 to win the mixed doubles final on day 12 of the 2012 French Open. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna Reunite For One Final Doubles Run


The two top Indian doubles players, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, are reuniting for one final run. The two competed together during the 2012 season and have decided to join forces on the same side of the court beginning with the Monte Carlo Masters after spending the beginning of the season experimenting with other partners.

Bhupati is preparing to call it quits on his career that included 4 Grand Slams and 8 mixed doubles Grand Slams, and he couldn’t think of a better way to go out than to compete with an old partner.

“We had a really good run last year, and had found a rhythm in our game while having a great time playing together,” said Bhupati, via NDTV Sports. “We have a refined understanding of each other’s games, and gel well on and off the court… all strong characteristics that I know will translate into a successful partnership for us on the tour. Also as the country’s top two doubles players, I don’t think either of us could have asked for a more dependable partner.”

Bopanna is equally excited for their reunion adding, “Playing with Mahesh has been a great learning experience for me, and we make a formidable doubles team. While we will work towards improving on last year’s performances, we do make a solid team in the knowledge that we have each other’s back throughout.”

There couldn’t be a better way for Bhupati to end his career, so hopefully he will be able to find success with his old friend and add some hardware to his trophy case before hanging it up.