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Hope to end men's doubles Slam drought with Mirnyi: Bhupathi

A men's doubles Grand Slam title has eluded Mahesh Bhupathi since 2002 and the Indian tennis star is hoping to end the seven-year drought next season when he rejoins forces with Max Mirnyi.

sports Updated: Dec 16, 2009 15:31 IST

A men's doubles Grand Slam title has eluded Mahesh Bhupathi since 2002 and the Indian tennis star is hoping to end the seven-year drought next season when he rejoins forces with Max Mirnyi.

Belarussian Mirnyi was Bhupathi's partner when he won the US Open in 2002 and India's highest Grand Slam title winner -- 11 trophies -- is hoping that the re-union would add a fifth men's doubles Major trophy to his cupboard.

"Hopefully it will be (lucky). It is not a new partnership, we have played together on the Tour and done extremely well. I am looking forward to it," Bhupathi, who was here to felicitate winners of the Limca Book of record quiz, said.

Bhupathi had split with Mark Knowles after losing the US Open men's doubles final to Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy earlier this year.

The Bangalorean said it would have been ideal to start the new season with Mirnyi when at the Chennai Open in January but since the Belarussian is not coming, he would team up with compatriot Rohan Bopanna.

"Yes, I would be playing with Rohan. I would have loved to start (season) with Max at Chennai but since he is not playing this tournament, I will partner Rohan," he said.