Tennis is considered to be a popular sport in India and its history goes back a long way. India being a country to witness many sports enthusiast has shaped a number of tennis players who have achieved great positions in tournaments internationally and have made their strong presence throughout.
Leander Paes in the World of Tennis
Leander Paes is definitely the best when it comes to Tennis. Don’t you think so? He is considered as one of the finest doubles and mixed doubles players and has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles grand slam title. The sport became an immensely popular one after Paes won the title. He is one of the efficacious professional tennis players, for he is the oldest to have won the grand slam title.
Paes started his early career in tennis by enrolling himself with Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy in Madras which gave him a new sphere and a start to his career in tennis. His parents were both sports person. His father was a hockey player and his mother was into basketball. Not all who are from sports upbringing are this successful and abled. Leander Paes is one among the exceptions.
The evergreen legend of tennis has influenced many youngsters and in recent years we have come across many more efficient players with several achievements. Not to be surprised, he is the only tennis player in India to have participated in Olympics for six times.
It is often said that age is just a number and with Leander Paes, it is definitely one. His accomplishment in tennis has been giving him phenomenal success all time. He became India’s first to win an individual medal after he defeated Fernando Meligeni to win the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. An act of pride and glory for himself and the country it is. He is also prominent for his numerous striking Davis Cup performances and as a former team captain.Paes became internationally popular when he won the Wimbledon Junior title which proves him an absolute genius.He is also known for his unique style and skills that rank him among the finest sports fanatic.
The duo Leander Paes and Bhupathi became the first ever pair to win the doubles event at a Grand Slam, eventually proving to be a best winning combination. The Doha Asian Games in the year 2006 was led by Paes with his Indian tennis team which resulted in them in winning two golds in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles. He also sustained his doubles ranking in top 20 in the world, making him an outstanding personality among all the tennis players. With players like this, none can stop the country to flourish and retain the top position. The tennis legend has also made his debut film as an actor in the socio-political thriller. Along with being one of the best sportsmen, he has also unveiled his talent as an actor. The multi- talented and ranking player has sensed ample fame and prosperity in his career and is hungry for more, which showcases his abundant love and aspiration for his dream.
As one of the most popular tennis player, he was acknowledged with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Award. He was also honored with Padma Shri Award and Padma Bhushan Award, for his great involvement and role in tennis. He totally deserves all these felicitations for his growing impact and achievements.
All his contributions towards Tennis remains and will continue to remain a memorable one. He is an evergreen legend to have taken the country to a higher level in the arena of tennis. With many partners over the years, Paes has won great title adding on to his credits. For someone like Leander Paes, who has been an evergreen player, anything would be less of a praise.