Leander Paes suspected Mahesh Bhupathi of being ‘very close to his girlfriend

In 2021, Bhupathi threatened to boycott the Olympics if he was forced to play alongside Leander Paes. He termed his old friend a 'back-stabber'

Paes called out Bhupathi for showing a lack of commitment while Bhupathi, tired of staying in the shadows of Paes

Leander Paes blamed his former coach — now in Bhupathi’s corner — Enrico Piperno – for the breakup

Leander and Mahesh grew apart due to various doubts, ego issues, and misunderstandings