After a number of great players from overseas, it is time to talk about one of the true greats of Indian tennis Leander Paes. Leander Paes has won many Grand Slam titles and also an Olympic medal. Leander Paes has played for 30 Years and he retired in the year 2021. His contribution to Indian tennis and the popularity he has given to tennis in India is manifold. Leander Paes has won doubles Grand Slam titles in both the mixed doubles and the men’s doubles events.
Leander Paes has won a total of 18 Grand Slam titles in a number of years with doubles partners and he is the most decorated tennis player from India. His Singles run is not one to cherish but his win loss record is 101-99 that gives him a win % of 50.5 and in doubles he has a career win loss record of 770-457 which gives him a win % of 62.8 in doubles. His career prize money is $8,587,586. Let’s look at his Top 5 Best Performances.
1996 Olympic Bronze Medal Match vs Fernando Meligeni
The best singles performance In the career of Leander Paes was at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where he won the first individual medal for India at the Olympics in tennis. That one win propelled tennis to becoming one of the most popular sports in India. He faced off against the Brazilian Fernando Meligeni and it was a 3 set affair in which Leander Paes lost the 1st set 6-3 but then he showed all his skill and heart and bounced back to win the next 2 sets 6-2 and 6-4 and win the bronze medal for India.
1999 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final
This was the first mixed doubles crown for Leander Paes who teamed up with Lisa Raymond and were up against Jonas Bjotkman and Anna Kournikova and it was a 3 set thriller right till the end. Leander and Lisa won the 1st set by 6-3 but they lost the 2nd set 6-3 but in the final set of the final they both showed that they are champions by winning the 3rd set 6-3 and winning the Wimbledon title.
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2003 Australian Open Mixed Doubles Final
The third performance that we will talk about is the 2003 Australian Open Final where he teamed with Martina Navratilova and they were facing against Eleni Daniilidou and Todd Woodbridge and it was a 2 set domination by the pair of Leander and Martina as they only took 2 sets to win the title. They won the match 6-4 and 7-5 and it was the other mixed doubles Grand Slam with another partner.
2015 US Open Mixed Doubles Final
As late as 2015 Leander Paes was winning Grand Slam titles in Mixed Doubles and this time it was with another Martina as in Martina Hingis age they both made a great doubles pair. This final match was a classic and it was over 2 hours long and in the end Leander and Martina won the 1st set 6-4 then lost the 2nd set 6-3 but in the decider they won by 10-7 to win the US Open Final and become champions.
2009 French Open Men’s Doubles Final
The last performance that we will talk about is the 2009 French Open Men’s Doubles Final that he won and he is also one of the rare players to have a career Grand Slam in both the Men’s and the Mixed Doubles events. In this final he teamed up with Lukas Dlouhy and they faced off against Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman. It was another 3 setter to device the champions and Leander abs Lukas lost the 1st set 6-3 but the way they came back to win the next 2 sets and win by 6-3 and 6-2 and win the French Open title.
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