Mahesh Bhupathi achieved the highest reward in the world of tennis when he became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam event. He, along with Paes, won the Doubles crown in the French Open in 1998.

In the very next year both the player were ranked the No. 1 pair in the world, on the account of reaching all the previous doubles finals. In the same year, the pair won the Wimbledon Open and showed the world that given the chance Indians can play as good as Europeans.

But both of them faltered under the weight of glories and decided to play tennis separately. Mahesh, in cooperation with his father, has opened a tennis village in Bangalore to harness the tennis talent in the country.

He has paired with other players and won Grand Slam Doubles in recent years of the youngest players of the Indian women hockey, Mamta Kharab is the backbone of the Indian team. Her short hair and boyish looks make her look even younger than her actual age of 17.


Mamta Kharab, born in a sports loving family, shot into limelight at the National Games in Bangalore in1997. She has got hockey in her veins as her sisters also play for Chandigarh. Kara was a member of the team which won bronze in Bangalore in 1997. But when she started of, there were few facilities to play with. Despite her inexperience and high pressure of expectation, Mama not only handled the pressure but struck the winning goal to clinch the tide for India at Manchester.

Mama is of short stature but her deftness, sleight of foot and keen anticipation prove more than useful when she confronts players of high stature. Her eye for ball movement and knack of sniffing out a rebound makes her a terror in the rival defense. On account of this feature she has