Grand Slam Birthday

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Bhupathi_Mirza_2012FO.jpgFormer Ole Miss NCAA Champion Mahesh Bhupathi celebrated his 38th birthday in style Thursday, capturing the French Open Mixed Doubles title with compatriot Sania Mirza.  Bhupathi hoisted his 12th Grand Slam trophy including eighth mixed doubles.

Bhupathi and Mirza defeated the Mexican-Polish pair of Santiago Gonzalez and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik in straight sets (7-6, 6-1).

Afterwards, the crowd sang Happy Birthday to the champion.  Bhupathi was elated to win his first Grand Slam as a father. "This is my first Grand Slam title after I became a father, my 4-month old daughter will be watching this and this is for her."

The win marked the second grand slam title for the Indian duo, as they also captured the 2009 Australian Open title. 

While at Ole Miss, Bhupathi led the Rebels to the NCAA team finals.  He became the first Rebel tennis player to win an NCAA title when he teamed with Ali Hamadeh to capture the Doubles Championship in 1995 and ended the year as the No. 1 doubles team in the nation. In addition, Bhupathi was an All-American, 1995 SEC Singles Champion and SEC Player of the Year.

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