Leander Paes
Country India
Date of Birth 1973-06-17
Age 44 years
Birth Place India
Major Teams India
Playing Details Men's Doubles ,Mixed Doubles X,Singles
, Leandar Paes / Rohan Bpoanna - Men's Doubles Tennis, Tennis
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Achievements

  • In 2014 the President of India honoured him with the India's third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan award, in recognition of his service to India.
  • In 2001, in recognition of their service to the nation, he received the Padma Shri.
  • He was honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India's highest award for sporting achievements.
  • He was India's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. 

 

Biography

A leading professional player who went on to become one of the greats in doubles play. With 18 Grand Slam titles, the latest being the French Open, Paes has carved a niche for himself in the history of tennis. He has 8 Grand Slam doubles titles and 10 GrandSlam mixed doubles. The 2016 success in the Paris was with Martina Hingis with whom he has had great success. He holds career grand slams in men's doubles and mixed doubles and also the rare double of doubles in Wimbledon in 1999 .

 

He has competed in consecutive Olympic appearances from 1992 to 2012 and won a bronze in the 1996 singles. Paes has come up with several wonderful moments in Davis cup and holds the record for the most number of Davis Cup doubles wins (42), equal to Italian Nicol Pietrangeli ). Coming from a sporrs family, his father Vece Paes is an Indian hockey Olympian and mother Jennifer a basketball international, it was no surprise that Leander had sports orientation from young days.

 

Nurtured by the Britiannia Amritraj Tennis scheme in his formative dayes, Leander went on to become one of India's most durable players rising from being a junior wimbledon champion. He has won 55 career doubles titles in the professional circuit apart from the Grand Slam highlights. Paes will partner Bopanna in the doubles in what is his seventh Olympic appearance.