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Leander Paes

  • Country: India
  • Sport: Tennis
  • Born: 6/17/1973
  • Career Highlights: Leander Paes is the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in tennis since KD Jadhav won it in 1952 at the Helsinki games, when he beat Fernando Meligeni in 1996 in Atlanta. He considers it to be one of his best performances till date, even more so because he had severely injured his wrist. Paes is one of the most successful tennis players India has ever produced. He turned pro in 1991 when he won the Junior titles at the US Open and Wimbledon. Following his impressive performance, he even reached the No.1 ranking among the juniors. At the age of 19, he along with Indian stalwart Ramesh Krishnan reached the quarterfinals of the doubles event in the 1992 Olympics held in Barcelona. Unfortunately, he lost in the first round in the singles event. In 1996, he made it to the semi-finals in the singles but lost to Andre Agassi. In the doubles, he partnered Mahesh Bhupathi where they crashed out in the third round. After the Olympics, he and Bhupathi formed one of the most formidable pairs in men's doubles. In 1999, the Lee-Hesh partnership became the first pair to reach all four Grand Slam finals, winning the French Open and Wimbledon. In recognition of his Olympic bronze, Paes was presented with the honour of carrying the Indian flag at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. In 2001, the Government of India awarded Paes the Padma Shri. In his glorious career, Paes went on to win 14 doubles Grand Slam titles in both the men's and the mixed doubles categories with various partners. He has also been a key member of the Indian Davis Cup teams since 1990.
  • Previous Olympics: 2008,2004,2000,1996,1992
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