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Leander Paes

- His Road to Grand Slam

By Scoop Malinowski

Leander completed his career grand slam by winning the Australian Open doubles title in January 2012. (w/Stepanek).The pair beat Bryan-Bryan 7-6(1),  6-2 in title match. For someone who has won seven men's doubles and six mixed doubles grand slam titles, success has so far eluded Leander as a doubles player at the Olympics. London's July 27-Aug. 12 Games will perhaps be his best chance to win an Olympic medal in doubles.  This would be his sixth Olympics, a rare feat that not many athletes have achieved. Who will he partner with remains to be seen. Paes and Bhupathi have been the most successful Indian tennis doubles players with 23 Grand Slams between them. In 1999 they played the finals of all the 4 Grand Slams, winning the Wimbledon and the French Open. But that was thirteen years ago – much has happened between the duo since.

Paes is an Olympian progeny – both his parents were members of the Indian squad to the Munich Olympics in 1972 – his father Vece Paes was a member of India’s bronze-winning hockey team and his mother Jennifer was in the basketball team. Leander won the Olympic singles bronze at the Atlanta Games in 1996 – it was a very special medal for India – its second individual Olympic medal in 100 years. Leander described the Atlanta bronze medal as his greatest sporting moment. "Standing on the podium in Atlanta ('96) with Agassi and Sergi Bruguera -- with my (bronze) medal around my neck. And my dad and the whole family in the crowd."

Leander was awarded India's highest sporting honour - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997 and also the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri Award for his contribution to tennis in India, making him the most decorated Indian sportsperson of all times.  He also plays in the World Team Tennis (WTT) for Washington Kastles, together with team mates Serena and Venus Williams, Bobby Reynolds, and Anastasia and Arina Rodionova.

Scoop Malinowski spoke with Leander Paes earlier this year. SALT brings you excerpts from their conversation, which obviously centred on his tennis memories.

 Read the entire article in the print edition of The South Asian Life & Times



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