On that very day of 1999, Bhupathi and Paes became the first Indian pair to win at Wimbledon. The same year, the duo also won Roland-Garros.
Bhupathi and Paes had become the first doubles team to reach the final of the four Grand Slam tournaments in 1999 and it was the first time such a feat had been achieved in the open era and the first time since 1952.
“22 years ago today we became the first Indians to win @Wimbledon. As young boys all we dreamed of was to make our country proud,” Paes tweeted on Sunday.
To this tweet, Bhupathi was quick to respond, saying, “Hmmm. That was special! Do you think it’s time to write another chapter?”
Hmmm .. that was special !! Do you think it’s time to write another chapter? @Leander #LeeHesh https://t.co/gzIWCD7gfR
– Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) 1625379194000
Paes quickly responded and said, “I’m always ready, what’s the plan.”
In the latest tweet, Bhupathi said he would return to Paes, and in the meantime he wished his counterpart a happy 22nd anniversary of the Wimbledon victory.
“Let me get back to you !! In the meantime, happy 22nd birthday,” Bhupathi tweeted.
Let me come back to you !! Until then Happy 22nd birthday 😉 #LeeHesh #Wimbledonchampions @Leander @Wimbledon https://t.co/YOuaqsUqva
– Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) 1625380175000
Paes and Bhupathi had formed a formidable pair of men’s doubles during their playing days. The duo enjoyed their best season in 1999 after reaching the final of all four Grand Slams.