Leander Paes

Leander Paes

Leander Paes
Country

India

State: West Bengal
Residence Mumbai
Born (1973-06-17) 17 June 1973
Calcutta
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1991
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $7,919,383
Singles
Career record 99–98
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 73 (24 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1997, 2000)
French Open 2R (1997)
Wimbledon 2R (2001)
US Open 3R (1997)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games Bronze Medal (1996)
Doubles
Career record 686–362
Career titles 54
Highest ranking No. 1 (21 June 1999)
Current ranking No. 29 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2012)
French Open W (1999, 2001, 2009)
Wimbledon W (1999)
US Open W (2006, 2009, 2013)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals F (1997, 1999, 2000, 2005)
Olympic Games SF – 4th (2004)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 6
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (2003, 2010)
French Open F (2005)
Wimbledon W (1999, 2003, 2010)
US Open W (2008)
Other Mixed Doubles tournaments
Olympic Games QF (2012)
Team competitions
Davis Cup SF (1993)

Last updated on: 20 November 2014


Signature of Leander Paes.

Leander Adrian Paes (born 17 June 1973) is an Indian-Sri Lankan professional tennis player who typically plays in doubles events on the ATP Tour and Davis Cup. Having won eight doubles and six mixed doubles Grand Slam titles and finishing as runner up in numerous other Grand Slam finals, he is considered to be one of the greatest and most respected contemporary doubles and mixed doubles players in the world. He is the oldest man to have won a grand slam title. He is among the most successful professional Indian tennis players and is also the former captain of the Indian Davis Cup team. He is the recipient of India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, in 1996–1997; the Arjuna Award in 1990; and the Padma Shri award in 2001 for his outstanding contribution to tennis in India. Paes completed the career grand slam in men's doubles after winning the Australian Open in 2012.[1] He is the sports ambassador of the Indian state of Haryana.[2]

Apart from his fourteen Grand Slam victories in 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 at the 1999 Wimbledon tournament. His consecutive Olympic appearances from 1992 to 2012[3] make him the first Indian and first & only tennis player to compete at six Olympic Games (shooters Karni Singh and Randhir Singh and luger Shiva Keshavan earlier competed in five Olympics Games). After winning the mixed doubles Wimbledon title in 2010, Paes became only the second man (after Rod Laver) to win Wimbledon titles in three different decades.[4] In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of Olympic Gold Quest,[5] a foundation co-founded by Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone to support talented athletes from India in winning Olympic medals.[6] Apart from the ATP circuit, he also plays in World TeamTennis for the Washington Kastles, being on the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 championship teams. The 2011 and 2012 Kastles are the only team to complete an undefeated season at 16–0 and the Kastles did it in back to back years. They are the only professional sports team in history to complete back-to-back undefeated seasons and went on to win 34 matches in a row. This set the record for the most consecutive game/match wins by a major pro sports team. He was named Male MVP for 2009 and 2011 for all of World Team Tennis.[7]

Contents

  • Early life 1
    • Personal life 1.1
  • Career 2
    • Early career (1991–1997) 2.1
    • Rise in doubles (1998–2002) 2.2
    • 2003–2007 2.3
    • 2008 2.4
    • 2009 2.5
    • 2010 2.6
    • 2012 2.7
    • 2013 2.8
    • Davis Cup career 2.9
    • Year-end finals 2.10
  • Playing style 3
  • Acting career 4
  • Major finals 5
    • Olympic finals 5.1
      • Singles: 1 (1 bronze medal) 5.1.1
      • Doubles: 0 5.1.2
  • ATP career finals 6
    • Singles: 1 (1–0) 6.1
    • Doubles: 91 (54–37) 6.2
  • Grand Slam performance 7
    • Men's doubles: 16 (8–8) 7.1
    • Mixed doubles: 14 (6–8) 7.2
  • Singles performance timeline 8
  • Doubles performance timeline 9
  • Partnerships 10
    • Partners in Men's doubles 10.1
    • Partners in Mixed doubles 10.2
    • Other partners 10.3
      • India – Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Other events 10.3.1
      • WorldTeam Tennis 10.3.2
      • Champions Tennis League 10.3.3
  • Partnership with Mahesh Bhupathi 11
    • Leander Paes H2H 11.1
      • Davis Cup Record 11.1.1
  • References 12
  • External links 13

Early life

Leander was born in Calcutta, India on 17 June 1973 to a Goan father Vece Paes and Jennifer Paes and was raised in Kolkata. He was educated at La Martiniere Calcutta, and the St. Xavier's College of the University of Calcutta. His parents were both sports persons. Vece was a midfielder in the bronze medal-winning Indian field hockey team at the 1972 Munich Olympics.[8] His mother captained the Indian basketball team in the 1980 Asian basketball championship. Paes enrolled with the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy in Madras (Chennai) in 1985, where he was coached by Dave O'Meara.[9] The academy played a key role in his early development. Leander earned international fame when he won the 1990 Wimbledon Junior title and rose to no. 1 in the junior world rankings.

Personal life

Paes is a direct descendant of Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta through his mother. Previously having dated Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhary, he was also in a live-in relationship with Rhea Pillai, with whom he has a daughter .

In 2013, there were reports that Leander Paes and Rhea were headed for a divorce.[10][11] Neither of them officially spoke about this to the media. Then came the reports that they aren't married but are in a live-in relationship.[12] Reports in 2014 were that the problem continued, and that Paes had lodged a complaint about his wife concerning their daughter's health. Commissioner Rakesh Maria has taken up the matter, which is to be resolved in 15 days.[13]

Career

Early career (1991–1997)

Paes first won titles at the Junior US Open and the Junior Wimbledon and he turned professional in 1991.[14] He rose to the number 1 in the world in the junior rankings.[15] In 1992, he reached the quarter finals of the doubles event in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with Ramesh Krishnan.[16]

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.[17] Paes cited the match as one of his greatest performances on the court, in part because his wrist was severely injured.[18] He was awarded the highest sporting honour by the government of India, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1996.[19] His first successful year in the ATP circuit came in 1993, when he partnered Sébastien Lareau to reach the US Open doubles semifinal. After having a moderate season in 1994, he reached the quarter-finals of the 1995 Australian Open doubles with Kevin Ullyett. From 1996, he partnered with fellow-Indian Mahesh Bhupathi, which would prove to be a winning combination. Their first 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 to be a much better year for the team of Paes and Bhupathi, with the semifinals of the US Open their best Grand Slam result. Paes climbed the doubles ranking from no. 89 at the beginning of the year to no. 14 at the end of the year.[20]

Rise in doubles (1998–2002)

The doubles team of Paes and Bhupathi grew stronger in 1998, reaching the semifinals of three 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.[21][22][23][24] In 1999, the duo reached the finals of all four Grand Slams, winning Wimbledon and the French Open, thus becoming the first Indian pair to win a doubles event at a Grand Slam. 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 doubles.[25] The following year, Paes partnered with Sébastien Lareau for the Australian Open and Jan Siemerink for the French Open, losing in the first round on both occasions. Paes teamed up again with 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.[26] Paes was given the honour of carrying the Indian Flag at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.[27] In spite of a winning the French Open in 2001, the team of Bhupathi and Paes had first-round exits in the other three Grand Slams. Paes was awarded the Padmashri by the Government of India in 2001.[28] The duo of Paes and Bhupathi won the gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.[29] 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

2003–2007

Between 2003 and the 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 Navrátilová, both in 2003. Weeks after the win at Wimbledon, Paes was admitted to the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando for a suspected brain tumour 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.[30] In the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, he paired up with Bhupathi, failing again at the semifinals stage. His next Grand Slam success was in the US Open doubles event in 2006 with Martin Damm. Paes led the Indian tennis team at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 and won two golds in the men's doubles (partnering Bhupathi) and mixed doubles (partnering Sania Mirza).[31][32] Paes maintained his doubles ranking in the top 20 in the world between 2005 and 2007.[33][34] With wins in the Rotterdam and Indian Wells, Paes took his doubles tally to 38.[35][36][37]

2008

Paes and 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,[38] who went on to win the men's doubles gold medal.[39] Later in 2008, with Cara Black, he won the 2008 US Open mixed doubles title.

2009

In 2009, he won the French Open[40] and US Open Men's doubles titles with Lukáš Dlouhý[41] and was the runner-up in mixed doubles at the US Open.

2010

He began the 2010 season in good form, again winning the Australian Open mixed doubles title with Cara Black.[42] This was the pair's third consecutive Grand Slam final and the fourth overall

2012

Paes and Radek Štěpánek's journey at Wimbledon championship 2012 came to an end when the duo lost against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.[43]

Paes and Elena Vesnina reached the finals of the mixed doubles at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships after beating Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber, 7–5, 3–6, 6–3[44] on 7 July 2012.[45] but they lost on the final to Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan 3–6, 7–5, 4–6.[46][47]

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Indian pair (partner Vishnu Vardhan) lost to French team Michaël Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6–7, 6–4, 3–6[48]

Paes and Štěpánek advanced to the final of the men's doubles at the 2012 US Open after their Spanish opponents, Marcel Granollers and Marc López, retired because of injury.[49][50] However the duo lost in the final of US Open 2012 to the Bryan brothers.[51]

Paes and Štěpánek kicked off the ATP World Tour Finals with a win against Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Dutchman Jean Julien Rojer, 6–4, 7–5.[52] They made it to the semifinals, where they were eliminated by eventual runners-up Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.

2013

Paes won the 2013 US Open men's doubles with Radek Stepanek defeating Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-1, 6-3. This is Paes' 3rd US Open men's doubles title and 14th Grand Slam title.[53] In January 2014, Government of India announced its 3rd Highest Civilian Award Padma Bhushan for Paes.[54]

Davis Cup career

Leander Paes started his Davis Cup career in 1990 at the young age of 16, when he partnered Zeeshan Ali in doubles to beat the Japanese team in a gruelling five-set encounter. He is considered one of the top Davis cup players for his country, with a record of 86–31 overall, as of January 2012.[55][56] 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 semifinals of the 1993 Davis Cup with wins against Switzerland and France, eventually losing to Australia. In singles, his major wins came against French duo of Arnaud Boetsch and Henri Leconte in Fréjus, France in 1993, Wayne Ferreira in 1994, and Goran Ivanišević in 1995 when India defeated Croatia, Jan Siemerink in 1995 to defeat Netherlands, and Jiří Novák in 1997.[57][58] He teamed up with Bhupathi to beat Hirszon and Ivanisevic of Croatia in 1995, Martin Damm and Petr Korda of the 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 three wins (two doubles and one singles) and no losses in the Davis Cup.

In 1993, ranked No. 197 he lost to No. 238 Fernon Wibierin the first round of qualifying at Wimbledon. Three weeks later he beat No. 25 Arnaud Boetsch on clay (not his best surface) in straight sets in the Davis Cup. He also defeated Henri Leconte in that same week and even though Ramesh Krishnan closed the tie out by beating Rodolphe Gilbert in a thrilling five-setter, the architect of that victory was Paes. Even as his career as a singles player on the ATP circuit floundered, Paes would always find a way to do the trick for India in Davis Cup.

In 1994, ranked No 143, he lost in the first round of a Challenger to No 208 Louis Gloria. Four weeks later, he conjured up a miracle of sorts to destroy World No. 13 Wayne Ferreira in straight sets in the Davis Cup.

In 1995, ranked No 130, he managed to beat Croatia's World No 7 Goran Ivanišević (1992 and 1994 Wimbledon singles finalist) in a controversial five-setter on grass. Jan Siemerink, in 1996, then ranked No. 20, also fell to Paes' Davis Cup inspired play. As did Czech Jiří Novák.

Year-end finals

Paes appeared with Bhupathi in six season finales.[59]

In 2011, they appeared, for the first time since 2002, after securing qualification in mid-October. They were eliminated in the semifinals.

Paes played at the year-end championships with Bhupathi from 1997–2000 and in 2002, reaching three finals. In 1997, they lost the final to Rick Leach and Jonathan Stark. They lost the 1999 final to Sébastien Lareau and Alex O'Brien. In 2000, they lost the final to Donald Johnson and Pieter Norval.

Playing style

Leander is regarded as having a strange playing style.[60] He varies his play as the match goes on; he is one of the best volleyers and a talented dropshotter.[61] His strategy at net play is worthy of study by budding tennis players, and makes him one of the greatest interceptors in the game.[62] His volleying techniques were learned by Former Indian Player Akhtar Ali.[63] The drop shot which he plays, where he intercepts a fast coming rally and drastically reduces the pace of the ball is known among his fans as Extreme drop shot.

Acting career

Leander made his film debut in Ashok Kohli's Rajdhani Express, a socio-political thriller.[64] He has also been offered his first Hollywood script.[65]

Year Film Role Notes
2013 Rajdhani Express Keshav Debut film

Major finals

Olympic finals

Singles: 1 (1 bronze medal)

Bronze medal final
Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Hard Fernando Meligeni 3–6, 6–2, 6–4

Doubles: 0

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place 2004 Athens Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Mario Ančić
Ivan Ljubičić
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 14–16

ATP career finals

Singles: 1 (1–0)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Tour (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 6 July 1998 Newport, US Grass Neville Godwin 6–3, 6–2

Doubles: 91 (54–37)

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (8–8)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–4)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (13–5)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (6–9)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (27–12)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 20 August 1995 New Haven, US Hard Nicolás Pereira Rick Leach
Scott Melville
3–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner 1. 7 April 1997 Chennai, India Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Oleg Ogorodov
Eyal Ran
7–6, 7–5
Winner 2. 28 April 1997 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Mahesh Bhupathi Petr Luxa
David Škoch
6–1, 6–1
Winner 3. 28 July 1997 Montreal, Canada Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
7–6, 6–3
Winner 4. 11 August 1997 New Haven, US Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
Winner 5. 29 September 1997 Beijing, China Hard (i) Mahesh Bhupathi Alex O'Brien
Jim Courier
7–5, 7–6
Winner 6. 6 October 1997 Singapore, Singapore Carpet (i) Mahesh Bhupathi Rick Leach
Jonathan Stark
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2. 23 November 1997 Hartford, US Carpet Mahesh Bhupathi Rick Leach
Jonathan Stark
3–6, 4–6, 6–7
Winner 7. 5 January 1998 Doha, Qatar Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Olivier Delaître
Fabrice Santoro
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Winner 8. 9 February 1998 Dubai, UAE Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Donald Johnson
Francisco Montana
6–2, 7–5
Winner 9. 6 April 1998 Chennai, India (2) Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Olivier Delaître
Max Mirnyi
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 10. 11 May 1998 Rome, Italy Clay Mahesh Bhupathi Ellis Ferreira
Rick Leach
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Winner 11. 5 October 1998 Shanghai, China Carpet (i) Mahesh Bhupathi Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
6–4, 6–7, 7–6
Runner-up 3. 19 October 1998 Singapore, Singapore Carpet Mahesh Bhupathi Todd Woodbridge
Mark Woodforde
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 2 November 1998 Stuttgart, Germany Hard (i) Mahesh Bhupathi Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
3–6, 6–3, 5–7
Winner 12. 9 November 1998 Paris, France Carpet (i) Mahesh Bhupathi Jacco Eltingh
Paul Haarhuis
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 1 February 1999 Melbourne, Australia Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Jonas Björkman
Patrick Rafter
3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, 4–6
Winner 13. 5 April 1999 Chennai, India (3) Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Wayne Black
Neville Godwin
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 14. 24 May 1999 Paris, France Clay Mahesh Bhupathi Goran Ivanišević
Jeff Tarango
6–2, 7–5
Winner 15. 14 June 1999 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Jan Siemerink Ellis Ferreira
David Rikl
W/O
Winner 16. 21 June 1999 London, UK Grass Mahesh Bhupathi Paul Haarhuis
Jared Palmer
6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 17. 5 July 1999 Newport, US Grass Wayne Arthurs Sargis Sargsian
Chris Woodruff
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 6. 22 August 1999 Indianapolis, US Hard Olivier Delaître Paul Haarhuis
Jared Palmer
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 13 September 1999 New York, US Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 15 November 1999 Hartford, US Carpet Mahesh Bhupathi Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
3–6, 2–6, 2–6
Winner 18. 1 May 2000 Orlando, US Clay Jan Siemerink Justin Gimelstob
Sébastien Lareau
6–3, 6–4
Winner 19. 9 October 2000 Tokyo, Japan Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Michael Hill
Jeff Tarango
6–4, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 17 December 2000 Bangalore, India Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Donald Johnson
Piet Norval
6–7, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 20. 23 April 2001 Atlanta, US Clay Mahesh Bhupathi Rick Leach
David Macpherson
6–3, 7–6
Winner 21. 30 April 2001 Houston, US (2) Clay Mahesh Bhupathi Kevin Kim
Jim Thomas
7–6, 6–2
Winner 22. 28 May 2001 Paris, France (2) Clay Mahesh Bhupathi Petr Pála
Pavel Vízner
7–6, 6–3
Winner 23. 6 August 2001 Cincinnati, US Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Martin Damm
David Prinosil
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 10. 29 October 2001 Basel, Switzerland Carpet Mahesh Bhupathi Ellis Ferreira
Rick Leach
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up 11. 5 November 2001 Paris, France Carpet Mahesh Bhupathi Ellis Ferreira
Rick Leach
6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 24. 31 December 2001 Chennai, India (4) Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Tomáš Cibulec
Ota Fukárek
5–7, 6–2, 7–5
Winner 25. 29 April 2002 Majorca, Spain Clay Mahesh Bhupathi Julian Knowle
Michael Kohlmann
6–2, 6–4
Winner 26. 24 February 2003 Dubai, UAE (2) Hard David Rikl Wayne Black
Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 6–0
Winner 27. 3 March 2003 Delray Beach, US Hard Nenad Zimonjić Raemon Sluiter
Martin Verkerk
7–5, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up 12. 6 April 2003 Miami, US Hard David Rikl Roger Federer
Max Mirnyi
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 13. 22 June 2003 s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Donald Johnson Martin Damm
Cyril Suk
5–7, 6–7
Winner 28. 7 July 2003 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay David Rikl František Čermák
Leoš Friedl
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 14. 29 February 2004 Dubai, UAE Hard Jonas Björkman Mahesh Bhupathi
Fabrice Santoro
2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner 29. 7 June 2004 Halle, Germany Grass David Rikl Tomáš Cibulec
Petr Pála
6–2, 7–5
Winner 30. 5 July 2004 Gstaad, Switzerland (2) Clay David Rikl Marc Rosset
Stanislas Wawrinka
6–4, 6–2
Winner 31. 26 July 2004 Toronto, Canada (2) Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Jonas Björkman
Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 15. 12 September 2004 New York, US Hard David Rikl Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
3–6, 3–6
Winner 32. 13 September 2004 Delray Beach, US (2) Hard Radek Štěpánek Gastón Etlis
Martín Rodríguez
6–0, 6–3
Winner 33. 11 April 2005 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Nenad Zimonjić Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
W/O
Winner 34. 18 April 2005 Barcelona, Spain Clay Nenad Zimonjić Feliciano López
Rafael Nadal
6–3, 6–3
Winner 35. 26 September 2005 Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) Paul Hanley Jonathan Erlich
Andy Ram
6–7, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 16. 16 October 2005 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Nenad Zimonjić Wayne Arthurs
Paul Hanley
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 17. 23 October 2005 Madrid, Spain Hard (i) Nenad Zimonjić Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 18. 13 November 2005 Shanghai, China Carpet (i) Nenad Zimonjić Michaël Llodra
Fabrice Santoro
7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 19. 29 January 2006 Melbourne, Australia Hard Martin Damm Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 36. 19 June 2006 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (2) Grass Martin Damm Arnaud Clément
Chris Haggard
6–1, 7–6
Winner 37. 28 August 2006 New York, US Hard Martin Damm Jonas Björkman
Max Mirnyi
6–7, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 20. 7 January 2007 Doha, Qatar Hard Martin Damm Mikhail Youzhny
Nenad Zimonjić
1–6, 6–7
Winner 38. 19 February 2007 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Martin Damm Andrei Pavel
Alexander Waske
6–3, 6–7, [10–7]
Winner 39. 5 March 2007 Indian Wells, US Hard Martin Damm Jonathan Erlich
Andy Ram
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 21. 1 April 2007 Miami, US Hard Martin Damm Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–7, 6–3, [7–10]
Runner-up 22. 23 June 2007 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Martin Damm Jeff Coetzee
Rogier Wassen
6–3, 6–7, [10–12]
Runner-up 23. 9 June 2008 Halle, Germany Grass Lukáš Dlouhý Mikhail Youzhny
Mischa Zverev
6–3, 4–6, [3–10]
Runner-up 24. 15 June 2008 s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Mahesh Bhupathi Mario Ančić
Jürgen Melzer
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up 25. 25 August 2008 New York, US Hard Lukáš Dlouhý Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–7(10–12)
Winner 40. 21 September 2008 Bangkok, Thailand (2) Hard (i) Lukáš Dlouhý Scott Lipsky
David Martin
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 26. 29 September 2008 Tokyo, Japan Hard Lukáš Dlouhý Mikhail Youzhny
Mischa Zverev
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 27. 18 January 2009 Auckland, New Zealand Hard Scott Lipsky Martin Damm
Robert Lindstedt
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 28. 15 February 2009 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard Lukáš Dlouhý Daniel Nestor
Nenad Zimonjić
2–6, 5–7
Winner 41. 6 June 2009 Paris, France (3) Clay Lukáš Dlouhý Wesley Moodie
Dick Norman
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 42. 13 September 2009 New York, US (2) Hard Lukáš Dlouhý Mahesh Bhupathi
Mark Knowles
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 29. 10 January 2010 Brisbane, Australia Hard Lukáš Dlouhý Jérémy Chardy
Marc Gicquel
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 30. 27 February 2010 Dubai, UAE Hard Lukáš Dlouhý Simon Aspelin
Paul Hanley
2–6, 3–6
Winner 43. 3 April 2010 Miami, US Hard Lukáš Dlouhý Mahesh Bhupathi
Max Mirnyi
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 31. 5 June 2010 Paris, France Clay Lukáš Dlouhý Daniel Nestor
Nenad Zimonjić
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 32. 19 June 2010 s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Lukáš Dlouhý Robert Lindstedt
Horia Tecău
6–1, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 44. 17 October 2010 Shanghai, China Hard Jürgen Melzer Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Marcin Matkowski
7–5, 4–6, [10–5]
Winner 45. 9 January 2011 Chennai, India (5) Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Robin Haase
David Martin
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]
Runner-up 33. 29 January 2011 Melbourne, Australia Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 46. 2 April 2011 Miami, US (2) Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Max Mirnyi
Daniel Nestor
6–7(5–7), 6–2, [10–5]
Runner-up 34. 12 June 2011 London, UK Grass Mahesh Bhupathi Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
7–6(7–2), 6–7(4–7), [6–10]
Winner 47. 21 August 2011 Cincinnati, US Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Michaël Llodra
Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2)
Winner 48. 8 January 2012 Chennai, India (6) Hard Janko Tipsarević Andy Ram
Jonathan Erlich
6–4, 6–4
Winner 49. 28 January 2012 Melbourne, Australia Hard Radek Štěpánek Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
7–6(7–1), 6–2
Winner 50. 31 March 2012 Miami, US (3) Hard Radek Štěpánek Max Mirnyi
Daniel Nestor
3–6, 6–1, [10–8]
Runner-up 35. 8 September 2012 New York, US Hard Radek Štěpánek Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up 36. 7 October 2012 Tokyo, Japan Hard Radek Štěpánek Alexander Peya
Bruno Soares
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner 51. 14 October 2012 Shanghai, China (2) Hard Radek Štěpánek Mahesh Bhupathi
Rohan Bopanna
6–7(7–9), 6–3, [10–5]
Winner 52. 24 August 2013 Winston-Salem, US Hard Daniel Nestor Treat Conrad Huey
Dominic Inglot
7–6(12–10), 7–5
Winner 53. 8 September 2013 New York, US Hard Radek Štěpánek Alexander Peya
Bruno Soares
6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 37. 3 August 2014 Washington DC., United States Hard Samuel Groth Jean-Julien Rojer
Horia Tecău
5-7, 4-6
Winner 54. 27 September 2014 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hard (i) Marcin Matkowski Jamie Murray
John Peers
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–5]

Grand Slam performance

Men's doubles: 16 (8–8)

By winning the 2012 Australian Open title, Paes achieved the career Grand Slam.
Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1999 Australian Open Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Jonas Björkman
Patrick Rafter
3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(12–10), 4–6
Winner 1999 French Open Clay Mahesh Bhupathi Goran Ivanišević
Jeff Tarango
6–2, 7–5
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass Mahesh Bhupathi Paul Haarhuis
Jared Palmer
6–7(10–12), 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 1999 US Open Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Sébastien Lareau
Alex O'Brien
6–7, 4–6
Winner 2001 French Open (2) Clay Mahesh Bhupathi Petr Pála
Pavel Vízner
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2004 US Open Hard David Rikl Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2006 Australian Open Hard Martin Damm Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 2006 US Open Hard Martin Damm Jonas Björkman
Max Mirnyi
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2008 US Open Hard Lukáš Dlouhý Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–7(10–12)
Winner 2009 French Open (3) Clay Lukáš Dlouhý Wesley Moodie
Dick Norman
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2009 US Open (2) Hard Lukáš Dlouhý Mahesh Bhupathi
Mark Knowles
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2010 French Open Clay Lukáš Dlouhý Nenad Zimonjić
Daniel Nestor
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 2011 Australian Open Hard Mahesh Bhupathi Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2012 Australian Open Hard Radek Štěpánek Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
7–6(7–1), 6–2
Runner-up 2012 US Open Hard Radek Štěpánek Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2013 US Open (3) Hard Radek Štěpánek Alexander Peya
Bruno Soares
6–1, 6–3

Mixed doubles: 14 (6–8)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass Lisa Raymond Anna Kournikova
Jonas Björkman
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2001 US Open Hard Lisa Raymond Rennae Stubbs
Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 5–7, [11–9]
Winner 2003 Australian Open Hard Martina Navrátilová Eleni Daniilidou
Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 7–5
Winner 2003 Wimbledon (2) Grass Martina Navrátilová Anastassia Rodionova
Andy Ram
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2004 Australian Open Hard Martina Navrátilová Elena Bovina
Nenad Zimonjić
6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 2005 French Open Clay Martina Navrátilová Daniela Hantuchová
Fabrice Santoro
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 2007 US Open Hard Meghann Shaughnessy Victoria Azarenka
Max Mirnyi
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Winner 2008 US Open Hard Cara Black Liezel Huber
Jamie Murray
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 2009 Wimbledon Grass Cara Black Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2009 US Open Hard Cara Black Carly Gullickson
Travis Parrot
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2010 Australian Open (2) Hard Cara Black Ekaterina Makarova
Jaroslav Levinský
7–5, 6–3
Winner 2010 Wimbledon (3) Grass Cara Black Lisa Raymond
Wesley Moodie
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 2012 Australian Open Hard Elena Vesnina Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Horia Tecău
3–6, 7–5, [3–10]
Runner-up 2012 Wimbledon Grass Elena Vesnina Lisa Raymond
Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, 4–6

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 5 2–5
French Open 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Wimbledon 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 5 1–5
US Open 1R 2R 3R 1R 0 / 4 3–4
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 1–2 4–4 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0 / 15 7–15

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 2R QF A 1R SF F 1R 1R 2R QF 1R A F 3R 2R SF QF F W 1R QF 1/19 46–18
French Open A A A A A A 2R SF W 1R W SF SF 2R QF 1R 2R 3R W F 2R 2R 2R A 3/17 46–14
Wimbledon A A 1R 3R A 2R 1R 2R W A 1R 1R SF 2R QF SF QF SF 1R 2R 2R 3R SF SF 1/20 41–19
US Open A A SF 2R 1R A SF SF F 1R 1R 2R A F 1R W 1R F W 1R QF F W 3R 3/20 57–17
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 4–2 4–3 3–2 1–1 5–4 13–4 22–2 0–3 6–3 6–4 11–3 7–4 6–3 15–3 6–4 12–4 16–2 9–4 10–4 14–3 11–3 9–3 8 / 77 190–68
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 RR SF SF RR 0 / 14 20–29
Summer Olympics
Summer Olympics NH QF Not Held 2R Not Held 2R Not Held 4th Not Held QF Not Held 2R NH 0 / 6 10–6
Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A A 1R 1R A SF 2R 1R 1R SF 1R QF 2R W QF 2R 1R 2R QF A QF 1 / 17 21–16
Miami A A A 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R A 2R F QF 1R A F QF 2R W W W 2R 1R 3 / 19 33–16
Monte Carlo A A A A A A A SF 2R A SF 1R 2R A W 2R A 2R SF 2R A QF QF A 1 / 11 12–10
Rome A A A A A A A W A A 1R 1R 2R 2R QF 2R SF 2R QF QF 2R 2R 2R A 1 / 13 10–12
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A A QF F A A QF 2R A 1R F 1R 2R 2R A SF A QF 2R A 0 / 11 11–11
Canada A A A A A A W SF QF A 1R QF QF W 2R SF QF SF A 2R 2R SF 2R 2R 2 / 14 19–12
Cincinnati A A 1R A A A QF A 2R A W 1R 2R QF QF SF SF QF 2R 2R W 2R QF 2R 2 / 15 17–14
Shanghai Not Held A W SF W 2R 2R 2 / 5 7–3
Paris A A A A A A 2R W A A F 2R 1R 1R A 1R 2R A 2R QF 2R 2R 2R QF 1 / 13 11–12
Hamburg A A A A A A A A 2R A 1R 2R SF SF SF A A SF NM1 0 / 7 11–6
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 12–7 11–5 7–1 3–8 5–6 12 / 119 150–109
Ranking 481 179 93 142 76 89 14 4 1 84 9 33 13 13 12 12 12 10 8 5 8 3 10 29

Partnerships

Leander Paes is known for changing partnerships and experimenting with it. Stan Wawrinka was the 98th men's doubles partner of Paes' career. WorldHeritage previously incorrectly reported that Paes has had 99 men's doubles partners, listing Donald Johnson twice.[66] Paes has also teamed with 23 players in Grandslam Mixed Doubles. He's currently playing with Daniela Hantuchova in Mixed Doubles.

Partners in Men's doubles

No. Partner Year
1 Zeeshan Ali 1990
2 Ramesh Krishnan 1991 1992 1993
3 Juan Rios 1991
4 Charlton Eagle 1991
5 Andrew Sznajder 1992
6 Bertrand Madsen 1992
7 Nicola Bruno 1992
8 Kevin Ullyett 1992 1995 1997
9 Nicklas Utgren 1992
10 Todd Nelson 1992 1993
11 Gilad Bloom 1992 1994
12 Donald Johnson 1992 1993 1994 1996 2003
13 Tommy Ho 1993
14 Vladimir Gabrichidze 1993
15 Arne Thoms 1993
16 Byron Black 1993 2000
17 Laurence Tieleman 1993 1995
18 Fernon Wibier 1993
19 Oliver Fernandez 1993
20 Jean-Philippe Fleurian 1993
21 Wayne Arthurs 1993 1999 2000
22 Sébastien Lareau 1993 1994 2000
23 Stefan Kruger 1993
24 Ellis Ferreira 1993
25 Johan De Beer 1993
26 Shuzo Matsuoka 1993
27 Marten Renström 1994
28 Mark Knowles 1994
29 Gaurav Natekar 1994 1995
30 Marius Barnard 1994
31 Albert Chang 1994
32 Stephen Noteboom 1994
33 Daniel Nestor 1994 2013
34 Richard Matuszewski 1994
35 Mark Kaplan 1994
36 Mahesh Bhupathi 1994–2006 2008 2009–2011
37 Adam Malik 1994
38 Wayne Black 1995–1996
39 Lars-Anders Wahlgren 1995
40 Kent Kinnear 1995
41 Matt Lucena 1995
42 Clinton Ferreira 1995
43 Eyal Ran 1995
44 Maurice Ruah 1995
45 Óscar Ortiz 1995
46 Nicolás Pereira 1995 1996
47 David Adams 1995
48 Devin Bowen 1996
49 Jeff Belloli 1996
50 Neville Godwin 1996
51 David DiLucia 1996
52 Chris Haggard 1996 2000
53 Marcos Ondruska 1997
54 Roger Smith 1997
55 Mark Keil 1997
56 Nitten Kirrtane 1997
57 Piet Norval 1998
58 Peter Tramacchi 1998
59 Jan Siemerink 1999 2000
60 Jonas Björkman 1999 2004
61 Jared Palmer 1999
62 Olivier Delaître 1999
63 Fazaluddin Syed 2000
64 Nicolás Lapentti 2000
65 Vishal Uppal 2000 2002
66 Mustafa Ghouse 2001
67 John-Laffnie de Jager 2002
68 Justin Gimelstob 2002
69 Tomáš Cibulec 2002 2004
70 Michaël Llodra 2002 2013
71 Stephen Huss 2002
72 Michael Hill 2002
73 David Rikl 2002 2003 2004
74 Nenad Zimonjić 2003 2005
75 Jonathan Erlich 2004
76 Radek Štěpánek 2004 2006 2012 2013 2014
77 Paul Hanley 2005 2007 2008
78 Martin Damm 2006 2007
79 Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 2006
80 Sunil-Kumar Sipaeya 2007
81 Rohan Bopanna 2007 2012
82 Tommy Robredo 2008
83 Lukáš Dlouhý 2008 2009 2010
84 Scott Lipsky 2009 2012
85 Jürgen Melzer 2010 2012 2013
86 Janko Tipsarević 2012
87 Alexander Peya 2012
88 Kevin Anderson 2012
89 Vishnu Vardhan 2012
90 Horia Tecău 2012
91 Édouard Roger-Vasselin 2013
92 Purav Raja 2013
93 Sanam Singh 2013
94 Daniele Bracciali 2013
95 Sam Groth 2014
96 David Marrero 2014
97 Marcin Matkowski 2014
98 Stan Wawrinka 2014

Partners in Mixed doubles

No. Partner Year
1 Yayuk Basuki 1994 1995
2 Kyoko Nagatsuka 1996
3 Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie 1997
4 Larisa Savchenko 1998
5 Rika Hiraki 1998
6 Katrina Adams 1999
7 Lisa Raymond 1999 2000 2001 2002
8 Miriam Oremans 2002
9 Martina Navratilova 2002 2003 2004 2005
10 Nathalie Dechy 2006
11 Maria Kirilenko 2006
12 Samantha Stosur 2006 2007
13 Meghann Shaughnessy 2007
14 Ágnes Szávay 2008
15 Nadia Petrova 2008
16 Rennae Stubbs 2008
17 Cara Black 2008 2009 2010 2011
18 Iveta Benešová 2011
19 Elena Vesnina 2011 2012 2013
20 Sania Mirza 2012 (Olympics)
21 Jelena Janković 2013
22 Saisai Zheng 2013
23 Daniela Hantuchova 2014
  • These lists only consists of players who played with Leander Paes in ATP(& ITF)-recognized tournaments which include the Olympics, Grand Slams, World Tour Finals, World Tour Masters, World Tour Series, Davis Cup Ties, and ATP Challengers. They do not include the players who played with him in the other unrecognised multi-sport events and leagues such as World TeamTennis. The lists might be incomplete when all the other tournaments are considered. The order of the players in the list is based on their first partnering with Leander Paes. Sania Mirza had also earlier played with Leander Paes in 2006, 2010 in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

Other partners

India – Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Other events

WorldTeam Tennis

Champions Tennis League

Partnership with Mahesh Bhupathi

Leander Paes and his longtime doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi

The duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were nicknamed the ″Indian Express″. Leander Paes' off-and-on partnership with Bhupathi drew constant media attention in their home country India.[67][68][69] In the 2006 Asian Games, a loss to the Chinese Taipei team in the team event led Leander to question Bhupathi's commitment to Team India.[70] He once stated in an interview that although he and Bhupathi are friends, he did not consider pairing with his former teammate.[71] However, for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they decided to play together for their country,[72] and lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.[73]

In 2011, the "Indian Express" pair won the doubles title at Chennai Open. They reunited to play in a Grand Slam Tournament after nine years and claimed runners-up in the 2011 Australian Open and reached the semifinals in the year-end championships.[74]

The Indian duo has a 303–103 career record together. They have a higher success rate against various top teams.[75] They have a Davis Cup record of longest winning streak in doubles, with 23 straight wins.[76]

Leander Paes was paired with Vishnu Vardhan at the London Olympics 2012, following the refusal of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna to play with him at the Olympics.[77] Paes threatened to withdraw from the Olympics rather than play with Vardhan, whose world ranking was 296,[78] but withdrew the threat a week later.[79] Paes and Vardhan reached the second round of the tournament, losing to eventual silver medalists Michaël Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

Leander Paes H2H

Davis Cup Record

The Duo has the longest doubles streak in Davis Cup History. In the contemporaries, only Bob and Mike Bryan have come near the win record of Indian Express in Davis Cup. They are two wins away from equaling the Indian Express.

SL Year Opponent Result
1 1995 Sasa Hirszon / Goran Ivanisevic W
2 1996 Jacco Eltingh / Paul Haarhuis L
3 1996 Jonas Bjorkman / Nicklas Kulti L
4 1997 Martin Damm / Petr Korda W
5 1997 Nicolas Massu / Marcelo Rios W
6 1998 Neil Broad / Tim Henman W
7 1999 Dong-Hyun Kim / Hyung-Taik Lee W
8 1999 Shan Jiang / Ben-Qiang Zhu W
9 2001 Ran Xu / Jing-Zhu Yang W
10 2001 Thomas Shimada / Takao Suzuki W
11 2001 Donald Johnson / Jared Palmer W
12 2002 Patrick Chucri / Ali Hamadeh W
13 2002 James Shortall / Daniel Willman W
14 2003 Jun Kato / Thomas Shimada W
15 2003 Alistair Hunt / Mark Nielsen W
16 2004 Mark Nielsen / Matthew Prentice W
17 2004 Thomas Shimada / Takahiro Terachi W
18 2005 Yu Jr. Wang / Ben-Qiang Zhu W
19 2005 Murad Inoyatov / Denis Istomin W
20 2005 Simon Aspelin / Jonas Bjorkman W
21 2006 Woong-Sun Jun / Oh-Hee Kwon W
22 2006 Jalil Khan / Asim Shafik W
23 2008 Satoshi Iwabuchi / Takao Suzuki W
24 2008 Adrian Cruciat / Horia Tecau W
25 2009 Tsung-Hua Yang / Chu-Huan Yi W
26 2010 Teymuraz Gabashvili / Igor Kunitsyn W
27 2010 Marcelo Melo / Bruno Soares W

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