Tennis - Indian doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi has confirmed that he will retire after the Wimbledon Championships in June. Bhupathi, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, told The Economic Times, commented, "Yes.
Wimbledon 2014 will be my last slam. To be honest I am already starting to miss professional tennis having played at the highest level for two decades. It is what has given me my identity and I will miss every bit of the action.
The thought that I will not be playing anymore is daunting. I continue to check tennis results daily and will perhaps continue to do so even when I am not playing anymore. It has been an amazing ride and I have absolutely no regrets.
I will be pairing up with Marcin Matkowski at Wimbledon and hope to do well in my last outing at SW19. I am glad that Wimbledon is my last slam. I love the atmosphere and courts of SW19 and it is an addiction, which I will find tough to give up." Bhupathi, who turns 40 years old in June, has dropped to no.
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