Sania will be Grand Slam partner: Bhupathi

Updated: 05 February 2009 14:11 IST

Tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi on Thursday said Sania Mirza would be his mixed doubles partner in subsequent Grand Slam tournaments this year.

Sania will be Grand Slam partner: Bhupathi

Kochi:

Upbeat after his Australian Open mixed doubles win in the company of Sania Mirza, Tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi on Thursday said Sania would be his mixed doubles partner in subsequent Grand Slam tournaments this year.

"Sania is playing great tennis. She hits the ball very hard and complements my kind of play at the net. We are always going to be a very dangerous mixed doubles team," Bhupathi said.

"Sania had recovered from her wrist injury very well. It was heartening to see her back again and she is playing very well. Sania is a quality player," he said, hoping that she would be free of injuries to tackle the coming tournaments.

Bhupathi said he will be partnering Mark Knowles in subsequent grand slams doubles events and will pair up with Leander Paes while playing for India in the Davis Cup in the doubles event.

Asked if there is lack of tennis infrastructure in the country, he said, "I do not find any problem with the infrastructure in our country. We have more than enough court and tennis academies. Maybe we are little short of expertise. Luckily we have four or five quality coaches in India."

Bhupathi also lauded the performance of 16-year old Yuki Bhambri, who won the Australian junior open singles title.

"Yuki is the best junior player in the country. Yuki is confident and has a bright future," Bhupathi said.

Asked who was the best-- Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, Bhupathi said, "I am confident that Federer will break the 14 grand slam record of Pete Sampras. Nadal is also a very good player."

Bhupathi was in Kochi in connection with the Regional Sports Centre-Mahesh Bhupathi Team Tennis Academy's interaction with budding tennis players. The academy started functioning from January 2006.

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