Leander Paes has won 18 Grand Slam mixed doubles and men’s titles, it is his 28th season on tour, and yet the 45-year-old has no plan to hand up his tennis racket. Leander Paes is more focussed on reinventing himself to keep on track with the changes in professional tennis than ending his amazing career.
The Indian player born into a family with quite a strong sporting background turned in 1991 professional and as a singles player reached the world number 73. Paes won Olympic bronze in the Atlanta Games in 1996 in men’s singles.
No Grand Slam Success No Problem
Even though another taste of the grand slam success he enjoyed with Martina Hingis has not come his way after winning the mixed doubles title in the French Open in 2016, his racket is not resting yet, and as Paes told Reuters, his passion is tennis. He loves the hard work as well as the fitness and enjoys being in the fierceness of the competition on the court.
Learning New Shots Keeps Paes Interested in the Game
Its learning new movements, finding new diets and learning new shots as well as the scientific training learned from young players that keep Paes interested. He made a first-round exit in men’s doubles at the Australian Open playing with Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela from Mexico and also suffered a defeat in the second round with Samantha Stosur in the mixed doubles. In men’s double Paes partnered with 121 different players and is number 22 in mixed doubles.
Numerous fans turned up to watch Paes play in the Australia Open, and he remains very popular in tennis circles. He feels blessed to have such a following and think it very special of fans to attend his matches. It is amazing to entertain people to bring some happiness to their lives and giving them a sense that you can achieve your dreams, Paes said in an interview.
Paes Remains Popular As Tennis Partner
As a doubles partner, he remains one of the most sought after since he did phenomenally well in the doubles at the Grand Slams. In the locker rooms he gets invited by many to play, and the last time 23 different guys invited him. Once the number one in doubles, Paes has now slipped out of the top 50 although he is more than determined to work his way back to the top of the rankings ladder.
After all, he is known for his endurance, athleticism and energy on the court and he is even fitter in 2019 since his training schedule now also includes some martial arts training. Paes says he is never going to quit, only a few months away from 46, he feels healthy, extremely happy, strong and fit and he is living his dream. So he might just surprise fans in the near future as he is more determined than ever to rise back to the top.