|Leander Paes Quick Info|
|height||5 feet 10 inches|
|Date of birth||17 June 1973|
Leander Paes is an Indian former professional tennis player, widely regarded as one of the greatest doubles players of all time. The former world number one player in the doubles format, he had a 770–457 win-loss record (62.8%) in doubles and 55. ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) won the doubles title in 98 finals. He 8. had won Grand Slam title in doubles format – the Australian Open (2012), French Open (1999, 2001, 2009), Wimbledon (1999), and US Open (2006, 2009, 2013); and 10 Grand Slam title in mixed doubles format – the Australian Open (2003, 2010, 2015), French Open (2016), Wimbledon (1999, 2003, 2010, 2015), and US Open (2008, 2015). He also made it to the final match of the year end. ATP World Tour Finals 4 times (1997, 1999, 2000, 2005) without winning it. For his services in sports, the Government of India honored him with Arjuna Award (India’s second highest sporting honour) in 1990; Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award (India’s highest sporting honour) in 1996-97; Padma Shri (India’s fourth highest civilian award) in 2001; And this Padma Bhushan (India’s third highest civilian award) in 2014.
name at birth
Leander Adrian Paes
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Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Leander had attended La Martiniere Calcutta, an elite, independent private day school in Kolkata (then known as Calcutta); and later studied MCC Higher Secondary School In Chetpet, Chennai. After graduating high school, he joined St. Xavier’s CollegeA private, Catholic, autonomous higher education institution in Kolkata.
Professional Tennis Player (Retired)
- father Weiss Paes (Doctor in Sports Medicine, former field hockey player, member of the Indian team that won the ‘Bronze’ medal in 1972 Munich. olympics as well as 1971 Barcelona hockey world cup,
- Mother – Jennifer Paes (née Dutton) (Former basketball player, India captain in 1980) Asian Basketball Championship,
- other – Michael Dutton (Maternal Grandfather), Ruby Myrtle Nise (Maternal Grandmother), Garni Nise (Maternal Great Uncle) (Player), Michael Madhusudan Dutt (Maternal Great Grandfather) (Poet, Playwright) (d. 1873)
Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
5 feet 10 inches or 178 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
girlfriend / spouse
Leander has dated –
- Mahima Chaudhary (2000-2003)
- Riya Pillai (2003-2014) – Leander started dating model and actress Rhea Pillai in 2003. Mahima later alleged that Leander had cheated on her to be with Rhea, due to which her relationship with Leander ended. By 2005, Rhea and Leander had started living together and they have a daughter named Ayana Paes (b. 2006). The couple had parted ways in 2014 after Rhea filed a case of harassment and domestic violence against Leander.
- Kim Sharma (2021-present)
Caste / Ethnicity
Multiracial (Asian and White)
He is primarily of Indian descent and shares English and Scottish ancestry on his mother’s side.
- toned physique
- short, wavy hair
- friendly smile
- clean shaven look
Leander Paes Facts
- Leander first came into limelight in 1990 when he won Wimbledon Junior title and claimed the top spot in the junior world rankings. He also claimed the junior title in 1991 US Open and reached the quarter-finals of the doubles event in 1992 Barcelona olympicsPartnership with Ramesh Krishnan.
- Before he began his blitzkrieg of winning doubles and mixed doubles Grand Slam title in 1999, he had captured India’s imagination with his dazzling performance in the singles format. In 1996, he won the ‘Bronze’ medal in Atlanta olympics And became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic medal as KD Jadhav won a ‘bronze’ medal in wrestling in 1952 in Helsinki. olympics,
- Leander has often said that this ‘bronze’ medal match was one of the greatest performances of his career, partly because he was battling a seriously injured wrist. 2000 in Sydney olympicsHe was given the honor of hoisting the Indian flag at the opening ceremony.
- He is the first Indian (and the only tennis player as of March 2022) to have appeared in 7 consecutive editions. Summer Olympic Games (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016).
- In July 1998, he won his first ATP single title, Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, it reminds them ATP singles title as well as his only single ATP final appearance. His best performance in singles event Grand Slam reaching the third round of US Open in 1997.
- In 1999, Leander and fellow Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi were all 4. reached the finals of the doubles event of Grand Slam Tournament (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open) It was the first time a pair had achieved this feat since 1952 and it was the first such instance. open age, they had won French Open And Wimbledon that year the title but the final of the Australian Open And this US Open,
- It was one of the early successes of the Leander-Mahesh partnership (affectionately known as ‘Lee-Hash’) which became one of the most formidable doubles pairings in the history of the sport. They achieved an impressive 303–103 career win-loss record as a pair, with 23 consecutive doubles victories. Davis Cup, his best performance in Summer Olympic Games were in Athens in 2004, where they finished fourth and took the ‘bronze’ against the Croatian pair of Mario Ansik and Ivan Ljubi in heart-wrenching fashion with a scoreline reading of 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 16. ‘ The medal match was lost. -14 in favor of the Croatian.
- The Indian pair also won a ‘gold’ medal in 2002 in Busan. asian gamesA feat he repeated in 2006 Doha asian games, In the latter event, Leander also won a ‘gold’ medal in the mixed doubles event with Sania Mirza.
- In 2003, he was hospitalized MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, for a suspected brain tumor that was later diagnosed to be neurocysticercosis, a parasitic brain infection. he was forced to remember US Open that year but had fully recovered by the end of the year.
- he was a member of Washington CastlesTeams that won the championship in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 world team tennisA mixed-gender professional tennis league founded in 1973. He was named the league’s ‘Men’s MVP’ in 2009 and 2011.
- In 2010, he joined the board of directors of Olympic Gold Quest, a foundation that aims to bridge the gap between the best athletes in India and the best in the world. It was co-founded by Indian sports legend Geet Sethi (Billiards) and Prakash Padukone (Badminton).
- Leander is the second male tennis player after the great Rod Laver to win the title. Wimbledon Titles in 3 different decades (doubles in 1999 and mixed doubles in 1999, 2003, 2010, 2015).
- They . played the main role of Keshav 2013 Hindi language action thriller film Rajdhani Express,
- 2015. In French OpenHe became only the 7th male player in open age To complete 700 doubles wins. A great measure of his career continuity and longevity is the fact that he has achieved at least 1 . had won ATP-Level doubles title in 19 straight seasons (1997–2015).
- As of March 2022, he holds the record for most doubles wins (45). Davis Cup, He was a key member of the Indian team that reached the tournament. world group continuously from 1991 to 1998. The run also included a semi-final finish in 1993.
- He had announced his retirement from professional tennis in 2020 and joined in 2021. Trinamool Congress, is an Indian political party operating primarily in the state of West Bengal. He has also served as the sports ambassador of the northern Indian state of Haryana.
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