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Leander Paes
Leander Wimbledon trim.jpg
Country  India
Residence Kolkata, Mumbai, and
Orlando, Florida
Date of birth June 17, 1973 (1973-06-17) (age 36)
Place of birth Calcutta (Kolkata)
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)
Turned pro 1991
Plays Right-handed; one-handed backhand
Career prize money US$5,469,296
Singles
Career record 99–98
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 73 (August 24, 1998)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 2 RD (1997, 2000)
French Open 2 RD (1997)
Wimbledon 2 RD (2001)
US Open 3 RD (1997)
Doubles
Career record 524–271
Career titles 41
Highest ranking No. 1 (June 21, 1999)
Australian Open F (1999, 2006)
French Open W (1999, 2001, 2009)
Wimbledon W (1999)
US Open W (2006, 2009)
Major doubles tournaments
Tour Finals F (1997, 1999, 2000, 2005)
Olympic Games Fourth place (2004)
Mixed Doubles
Career record
Career titles 5
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
Australian Open W (2003, 2010)
French Open F (2005)
Wimbledon W (1999, 2003)
US Open W (2008)
Last updated on: September 18, 2009.
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  India
Men's Tennis
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Singles

Leander Adrian Paes (born June 17, 1973) is an Indian professional tennis player who currently features in the doubles events in the ATP tour and the Davis Cup tournament. He is one of the most successful professional Indian tennis players and also the former captain of the Indian Davis Cup team. He has won various doubles and mixed doubles events at the Tennis Grand Slam events. He is also the recipient of India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1996–1997 and the Padma Shri award in 2001 for his contribution to tennis in India.

Apart from his eleven Grand Slam victories at doubles and mixed doubles events, he is famous for his several memorable Davis Cup performances playing for India and also for winning a bronze medal for India in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He also achieved the rare Men's Doubles/Mixed Doubles double during the 1999 Wimbledon.

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Early life

Leander was born in Kolkata formerly known as Calcutta, India. He was born to Vece Paes and Jennifer Paes and was raised in Kolkata, India. His family hails from the Goan Catholic community, a Christian community in Calcutta. He was educated at La Martiniere Calcutta. His parents were both sportspersons. His father Vece Paes was a midfielder in the bronze medal winning Indian field hockey team at the 1972 Munich Olympics.[1] His mother captained the Indian basketball team in the 1980 Asian basketball championship. Paes enrolled with the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy in Madras in 1985 where he was coached by Dave O'Meara.[2] The academy played a key role in his early development. Leander shot into international fame when he won the 1990 Wimbledon Junior title and rose to No. 1 in the junior world-rankings. Paes is the great grandson of the Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt. Previously having dated Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhary, he is now married to Rhea Pillai and has a daughter Aiyana Paes.

Career

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Early career (1991–1997)

Paes showed promise early in his career by winning titles at the Junior US Open and the Junior Wimbledon. He turned professional in 1991.[3] He rose to the number 1 in the world in the junior rankings.[4] In 1992, he reached the quarter finals of the doubles event in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with Ramesh Krishnan.[5]

He went one better at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where he beat Fernando Meligeni to win the Bronze medal, thus becoming the first Indian to win an individual medal since KD Jadhav won Bronze at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics more than four decades earlier.[6] Paes cited the match as one of his greatest performances on the court, in part because his wrist was severely injured.[7] He was awarded the highest sporting honour by the Government of India, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1996.[8] His first successful year in the ATP circuit came in 1993 when he partnered Sébastien Lareau to reach the US Open doubles semi-final. After having a moderate season in 1994 he reached the Quarter final of the 1995 Australian Open doubles with Kevin Ullyett. From 1996 he started partnering with fellow Indian Mahesh Bhupathi, which later would prove to be a winning combination. This year was not a very successful one, especially in the grand slams with a round of 32 finish at Wimbledon being the best. 1997 proved a much better year for the team of Paes and Bhupathi with the semi-finals of the US Open their best grand slam result. Paes climbed the doubles ranking from 89 at the beginning of the year to 14 at the end of the year.[9]

Rise in doubles (1998–2002)

Leander Paes (the dubakour) and his former doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi

The doubles team of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi grew stronger in 1998 reaching the Semi-Finals of 3 grand slams, the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. In the same year Paes had two of his biggest singles results in the ATP tour. The first one came by winning an ATP singles title at Newport and the second was beating Pete Sampras 6-3, 6-4 at the New Haven ATP tournament.[10][11][12][13] In the year 1999, the duo reached the finals of all the 4 grand slams winning the Wimbledon and the French Open, thus becoming the first Indian pair to win a doubles event at a Grand slam event. Paes also teamed up with Lisa Raymond to win the Mixed doubles event at Wimbledon. The year also marked his ascent to the No. 1 ranking in the doubles.[14] The following year Paes partnered with Sébastien Lareau for the Australian Open and Jan Siemerink for the French losing in the first round on both occasions. Paes teamed up again with Mahesh Bhupathi for the US Open but lost in the first round again. The duo had a disappointing second round exit to Australian duo of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde at the Sydney Olympics, despite high hopes.[15] Paes was given the honour of carrying the Indian Flag at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.[16] In spite of a winning the French Open in 2001, the team of Bhupathi and Paes had 1st round exits in the other 3 grand slams. Paes was awarded the Padmashri by the Government of India in 2001.[17] The duo of Paes and Bhupathi won the gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.[18] In 2002 Leander paired up with Michael Hill for a number of tournaments with moderate success.

Leander Paes and Martina Navratilova pairing up in a Mixed doubles event

2003–present

Between 2003 and present, Paes has increasingly focused on his doubles and mixed doubles game. Leander won the Mixed doubles events at the Australian Open and Wimbledon with Martina Navaratilova, both in 2003. Weeks after the win at Wimbledon, Paes was admitted to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - Orlando for a suspected brain tumor that was later found to be neurocysticercosis, a parasitic brain infection. While being treated he had to miss the US Open, but he recovered by the end of that year.[19] In the 2004 Athens Olympic games he paired up with Mahesh Bhupathi, failing again at the semi finals stage. His next Grand Slam success was in the U.S. Open doubles event in 2006. Paes lead the Indian tennis team at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 and won two golds in the Men's doubles (partnering Mahesh Bhupathi) and Mixed doubles (partnering Sania Mirza).[20][21] Paes has maintained his doubles ranking in the top 20 in the world between 2005 and 2007.[22][23] With wins in the Rotterdam and ATP Masters Series in Indian Wells, Paes has taken his doubles tally to 38, as of May 2007.[24][25][26] Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi took part in the men's doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka [27] who went on to win the men's doubles gold medal [28]. Later in 2008, with Cara Black, he won the 2008 US Open Mixed Doubles title. In 2009, he won the French Open and US Open Men's Doubles titles with Lukas Dlouhy, and was the runner-up in the Mixed Doubles final of the US Open. He began the 2010 season in good form again winning the 2010 Australian Open – Mixed Doubles title along with Cara Black. This was the pair's 3rd consecutive grand slam final and the 4th overall. The victory makes Paes India's joint-lead grand slam winner alongside his ex- doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi with a total of 11 grand slam titles

Davis Cup career

Leander Paes started his Davis Cup career in 1990 at a young age of 16, when he partnered Zeeshan Ali in the doubles to beat the Japanese team in a gruelling 5 set encounter. He is considered as one of the top Davis cup players for his country with a record of 81–30 overall as of May 2007.[29][30] He played an important role in the Indian Davis cup team that reached the world group from 1991–1998. He was part of the Indian Davis Cup team that reached the Semi-Finals of the 1993 Davis Cup with wins against Switzerland and France, eventually losing out to Australia. In singles his major wins came against Wayne Ferreira in 1994, Goran Ivanišević in 1995 when India defeated Croatia, Jan Siemerink in 1995 to defeat Netherlands, Jiří Novák in 1997.[31] In doubles his major wins include beating the French Team of Arnaud Boetsch and Henri Leconte in France with Ramesh Krishnan in 1993.[32] He teamed up with Mahesh Bhupathi to beat Hirszon and Ivanisevic of Croatia in 1995, Martin Damm and Petr Korda of Czech Republic in 1997, Nicolás Massú and Marcelo Ríos of Chile in 1997, Broad and Tim Henman in 1998 and Simon Aspelin and Jonas Björkman of Sweden in 2005. In 2007, Leander has 3 wins (2 Doubles 1 singles) and no losses in the Davis Cup.

Major career wins

Singles titles

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
1. July 6, 1998 Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. Grass South Africa Neville Godwin 6–3, 6–2

Men's doubles titles (41)

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (6)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (7)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (5)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (24)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in final Score in final
1. April 7, 1997 Chennai, India Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Uzbekistan Oleg Ogorodov
Israel Eyal Ran
7–6 7–5
2. April 28, 1997 Prague, Czech Republic Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi Czech Republic Petr Luxa
Czech Republic David Škoch
6–1 6–1
3. July 28, 1997 Montreal, Canada Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Canada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
7–6 6–3
4. August 11, 1997 New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Canada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
6–4 6–7 6–2
5. September 29, 1997 Beijing, China Hard (I) India Mahesh Bhupathi United States Alex O'Brien
United States Jim Courier
7–5 7–6
6. October 6, 1997 Singapore Carpet (I) India Mahesh Bhupathi United States Rick Leach
United States Jonathan Stark
6–4 6–4
7. January 5, 1998 Doha, Qatar Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi France Olivier Delaître
France Fabrice Santoro
6–4 3–6 6–4
8. February 9, 1998 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi United States Donald Johnson
United States Francisco Montana
6–2 7–5
9. April 6, 1998 Chennai, India Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi France Olivier Delaître
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–7 6–3 6–2
10. May 11, 1998 Rome, Italy Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
6–4 4–6 7–6
11. October 5, 1998 Shanghai Carpet (I) India Mahesh Bhupathi Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–4 6–7 7–6
12. November 2, 1998 Paris, France Carpet (I) India Mahesh Bhupathi Netherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
6–4 6–2
13. April 5, 1999 Chennai, India Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Zimbabwe Wayne Black
South Africa Neville Godwin
4–6 7–5 6–4
14. May 24, 1999 French Open, France Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi Croatia Goran Ivanišević
United States Jeff Tarango
6–2 7–5
15. June 21, 1999 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass India Mahesh Bhupathi Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
United States Jared Palmer
6–7 6–3 6–4 7–6
16. July 5, 1999 Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. Grass Australia Wayne Arthurs Armenia Sargis Sargsian
United States Chris Woodruff
6–7 7–6 6–3
17. May 1, 2000 Orlando, Florida, U.S. Clay Netherlands Jan Siemerink United States Justin Gimelstob
Canada Sébastien Lareau
6–3 6–4
18. October 9, 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Australia Michael Hill
United States Jeff Tarango
6–4 6–7 6–3
19. April 23, 2001 Atlanta, U.S. Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi United States Rick Leach
Australia David Macpherson
6–3 7–6
20. April 30, 2001 Houston, Texas, U.S. Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi United States Kevin Kim
United States Jim Thomas
7–6 6–2
21. May 28, 2001 French Open, France Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi Czech Republic Petr Pála
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
7–6 6–3
22. August 6, 2001 Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Czech Republic Martin Damm
Germany David Prinosil
7–6 6–3
23. December 31, 2001 Chennai, India Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Ota Fukarek
5–7 6–2 7–5
24. April 29, 2002 Majorca, Spain Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi Austria Julian Knowle
Germany Michael Kohlmann
6–2 6–4
25. February 24, 2003 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Czech Republic David Rikl Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–3 6–0
26. March 3, 2003 Delray Beach, Florida, U.S. Hard Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Netherlands Raemon Sluiter
Netherlands Martin Verkerk
7–5 3–6 7–5
27. July 7, 2003 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Czech Republic David Rikl Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
6–3 6–3
28. June 7, 2004 Halle, Germany Grass Czech Republic David Rikl Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Petr Pála
6–2 7–5
29. July 5, 2004 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Czech Republic David Rikl Switzerland Marc Rosset
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
6–4 6–2
30. July 26, 2004 Toronto, Canada Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4 6–2
31. September 13, 2004 Delray Beach, Florida, U.S. Hard Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek Argentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Martín Rodríguez
6–0 6–3
32. April 11, 2005 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Serbia Nenad Zimonjić United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
walkover
33. April 18, 2005 Barcelona Clay Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Spain Feliciano López
Spain Rafael Nadal
6–3 6–3
34. September 26, 2005 Bangkok Hard (I) Australia Paul Hanley Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
6–7 6–1 6–2
35. June 19, 2006 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Czech Republic Martin Damm France Arnaud Clément
South Africa Chris Haggard
6–1 7–6
36. August 28, 2006 US Open, U.S. Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–7 6–4 6–3
37. February 19, 2007 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (I) Czech Republic Martin Damm Romania Andrei Pavel
Germany Alexander Waske
6–3 6–7 [10–7]
38. March 5, 2007 Indian Wells, California, U.S. Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
6–4 6–4
39. September 21, 2008 Bangkok, Thailand Hard (I) Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý United States Scott Lipsky
United States David Martin
6–4 7–6(4)
40. June 6, 2009 French Open, France Clay Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý South Africa Wesley Moodie
Belgium Dick Norman
3–6 6–3 6–2
41. September 13, 2009 US Open, U.S. Hard Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
3–6 6–3 6–2

Grand Slam finals

Men's doubles: 11 finals (6 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1999 Australian Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Patrick Rafter
6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 6–7(10), 6–4
Winner 1999 French Open Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi Croatia Goran Ivanišević
United States Jeff Tarango
6–2, 7–5
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass India Mahesh Bhupathi Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
United States Jared Palmer
6–7(10), 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(4)
Runner-up 1999 US Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Canada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
7–6, 6–4
Winner 2001 French Open (2) Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi Czech Republic Petr Pála
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2004 US Open Hard Czech Republic David Rikl The Bahamas Apurva Mehta
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2006 Australian Open Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 2006 US Open Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–7(5), 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2008 US Open Hard Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(5), 7–6(10)
Winner 2009 French Open (3) Clay Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý South Africa Wesley Moodie
Belgium Dick Norman
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2009 US Open (2) Hard Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
3–6, 6–3, 6–2

Mixed doubles: 10 finals (5 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass United States Lisa Raymond Russia Anna Kournikova
Sweden Jonas Björkman
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 2003 Australian Open Hard United States Martina Navrátilová Greece Eleni Daniilidou
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 7–5
Winner 2003 Wimbledon (2) Grass United States Martina Navrátilová Russia Anastassia Rodionova
Israel Andy Ram
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2004 Australian Open Hard United States Martina Navrátilová Russia Elena Bovina
Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić
6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 2005 French Open Clay United States Martina Navrátilová Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
France Fabrice Santoro
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2007 US Open Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 7–6(6)
Winner 2008 US Open Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black United States Liezel Huber
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2009 Wimbledon Grass Zimbabwe Cara Black Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2009 US Open Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black United States Carly Gullickson
United States Travis Parrot
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2010 Australian Open Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinsky
7–5, 6–3

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 2R QF A 1R SF F 1R 1R 2R QF 1R A F 3R 2R SF QF 0 / 15 32–15
French Open A A A A A A 2R SF W 1R W SF SF 2R QF 1R 2R 3R W 3 / 13 38–10
Wimbledon A A 1R 3R A 2R 1R 2R W A 1R 1R SF 2R QF SF QF SF 1R 1 / 15 29–14
U.S. Open A A SF 2R 1R A SF SF F 1R 1R 2R A F 1R W 1R F W 2 / 15 41–13
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 4 0 / 1 6 / 58 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 4–2 4–3 3–2 0–1 5–4 13–4 22–2 0–3 6–3 6–4 11–3 7–4 6–3 15–3 6–4 16–4 16–2 3–1 N/A 140–52
Year End Championships
Tennis Masters Cup A A A A A A F RR F F RR NH A A F SF SF RR RR 0 / 10 17–22
Summer Olympics
Summer Olympics NH QF Not Held 2R Not Held 2R Not Held SF Not Held QF Not Held 0 / 5 9–6
Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A 1R 1R A SF 2R 1R 1R SF 1R QF 2R W QF 2R 1R 1 / 14 16–13
Miami A A A 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R A 2R F QF 1R A F QF 2R 0 / 14 17–14
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A SF 2R A SF 1R 2R A W 2R A 2R SF 1 / 9 11–8
Rome A A A A A A A W A A 1R 1R 2R 2R QF 2R SF 2R QF 1 / 10 10–9
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A A QF F A A QF 2R A 1R F 1R 2R 2R A 0 / 9 8–9
Canada A A A A A A W SF QF A 1R QF QF W 2R SF QF SF A 2 / 11 19–9
Cincinnati A A 1R A A A QF A 2R A W 1R 2R QF QF SF SF QF 2R 1 / 12 14–11
Shanghai Not Held A 0 / 0 0–0
Paris A A A A A A 2R W A A F 2R 1R 1R A 1R 2R A 2R 1 / 9 8–8
Hamburg A A A A A A A A 2R A 1R 2R SF SF SF A A SF NM1 0 / 7 11–6
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 1 / 6 2 / 6 0 / 6 0 / 2 1 / 8 0 / 9 0 / 8 1 / 8 1 / 8 0 / 7 1 / 7 0 / 8 0 / 6 0 / 0 7 / 94 N/A
Annual Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 9–5 16–4 3–5 1–2 12–7 5–9 9–7 11–7 12–8 6–6 12–6 11–9 5–6 0–0 N/A 114–86
Year End Ranking
Ranking 481 179 93 142 76 89 14 4 1 84 9 33 13 13 12 12 12 10 8 N/A

A = did not attend tournament

Controversies

Leander Paes and his off and on partnership with fellow Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi draws constant media attention in home country India.[33][34][35] In the 2006 Asian Games, a loss to the Chinese Taipei in the team event led Leander to question Bhupathi's commitment to Team India.[36] He once stated in an interview that although he and Bhupathi are friends, he did not consider pairing with his former team-mate.[37] However, for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they decided to play together for their country,[38] and lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.[39]

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Preceded by
Karnam Malleswari
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
1996/1997
Joint with Nameirakpam Kunjarani
Succeeded by
Sachin Tendulkar

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