New Delhi, Feb. 12 -- The year 1999 was historic for Indian sports. The doubles pairing of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi enjoyed a breakthrough season on the tennis circuit as it went on to reach the final of all four Grand Slams, winning the French Open and Wimbledon-thus becoming the first Grand Slam winners from India.

Nicknamed the Indian Express, the duo's remarkable year promised a fruitful future-but it wasn't to be. The differences between the two saw them part ways and play with other partners. They did come together for national team competitions, like the Davis Cup and the Olympics, but their mutual acrimony would prevent them from forming an alliance in other competitions.

During the early years of the duo's partnership, ...