Good Sports: FAREWELL TOUR FOR TENNIS LEGEND
Leander Paes, 46, recently announced on social media that he will retire from professional tennis this year after a long and distinguished career.
“The Australian Open will be my first event of the year—where I had made my debut in 1989,” he told Tennis World. “In effect, I will be actually playing across five decades—the ’80s, ’90s, the new millennium, 2010 decade, and now 2020.”
Paes has won 18 Grand Slam doubles titles, eight in men’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles. He has achieved a career Grand Slam in both events, and also won a bronze medal in singles at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. A former Davis Cup team captain, he has won a record 43 Davis Cup doubles matches.
“2020 is going to be an emotional one, and I look forward to seeing you all out there roaring with me,” he told his fans on social media. “It’s been an honor being your lion heart.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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