Leander Paes: India’s greatest Tennis Player!

leander paes age doesn't matter
Leander Paes age doesn’t matter

Leander Paes is a great tennis player with a never-say-die-attitude showed his potential again at the age of forty by winning the Men’s Double title in US Open 2013. This is his 3rd US Open title in Men’s Double category and his 14th overall Grand Slam title. This is the first time that a man has won the title at the age of forty. This was Leander Paes’s 31st Grand Slam final overall. Leander Paes has a winning percentage of less than 50%, but still he is considered as the best Indian Tennis Player ever because of his commitment and dedication towards the game. Leander Paes showed his dedication towards the game, when he managed to overcome his disease i.e., Neurocysticerosis (a parasitic disease of neural system) in 2003 due to which he missed the US Open that year and managed to come back in Australian open in 2014. Leander Paes is a role model for upcoming players like Rohan Bopanna, Vishnu Vardhan, Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman who are in the initial stages of their careers.

In the final match, Paes was accompanied by Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic as his partner. This is Radek Stepanek’s first Grand slam title. The duo was playing against the world’s No. 2 i.e., Alexander Peya of Australia and Bruno Soares of Brazil who were playing their first grand slam finals. The first two US Open Men’s Double titles for Peas are also with the Czech players i.e., with Martin Damn in 2006 and Lukas Dlouhy in 2009. Experience helped Paes and Radek to win the title as they were mentally strong than their competitors. Peya and Soares showed their nervousness in the start of the game by giving unforced errors to winners in the opening set of the game. After lagging with a score of 0-4 in the first half, the Australian – Brazil pair managed to escape a loss of 0-5, but in the end it was Indian – Czech pair who won the first set with a score of 6-1.

The second set also started in the favour of winning pair as they managed to do some early damage to bring the score to 3-1. In this half, Peya and Soares managed to comeback for a while but in the end they end up losing the set with a score of 6-3. After winning the title, Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek got the winning prize of 460,000 dollars. This win has also helped the duo to improve in their rankings. In the doubles ranking, the Indian – Czech pair is at No. 4.

In the near future, he will be seen playing in London for which he has already qualified. According to him, “His next target is to prepare himself for 2016 Olympics that is going to be in Rio because he sees no reason to stop playing when he can still manage to reach grand slam finals no matter how aged he is.”

Kruti Mehta

Kruti Mehta

Kruti Mehta is a young developing sports journalist turned content writer working for some big names. She is an avid blogger and blogs on www.10eveningflowers.wordpress.com.
Kruti Mehta

Kruti Mehta

Kruti Mehta is a young developing sports journalist turned content writer working for some big names. She is an avid blogger and blogs on www.10eveningflowers.wordpress.com.

One thought on “Leander Paes: India’s greatest Tennis Player!

  • October 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Dear Miss Mehta

    You wrote pretty well. And I have nothing against you. But somehow, I don’t agree with you on Leander serving as a role model to youngster. With Rohan Bopana and Sania Mirza siding with Mahesh Bhupathi, there is no question of these two ever listening to Paes. Also Paes is always more busy in planning for his next ATP match and talking with his partners in men’s and mixed doubles. He doesn’t have time for Indian Tennis. It is not much different in the case of Mahesh Bhupathi as well. Tennis is where their living is coming from. In ATP tournaments, even the preliminary rounds pay. All that has to be ensured is participation. So Paes and Bhupathi are ever so busy in ensuring that their names figure in as many tournaments as possible. The story is same for tennis players around the world, who have turned professional. Survival is far more important than anything else. Every time Paes and Bhupathi have to play for India, they suffer losses because, it means missing a few ATP , which might have swelled their kitty. Country’s prestige and honour are not priorities, but compulsions for these guys.

    sorry for the long write up. But having started it, I had to finish it too.

    Best Regards

    RK Gupta


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