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Leander Paes
Paes WM13-009 (9495560679).jpg
CountryIndia
ResidenceKolkata, West Bengal
Born(1973-06-17) 17 June 1973 (age 40)
Goa
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1991
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$7,597,534
Singles
Career record99–98
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 73 (24 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1997, 2000)
French Open2R (1997)
Wimbledon2R (2001)
US Open3R (1997)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesBronze medal.svg Bronze Medal (1996)
Doubles
Career record655–340
Career titles53
Highest rankingNo. 1 (21 June 1999)
Current rankingNo. 6 (9 September 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2012)
French OpenW (1999, 2001, 2009)
WimbledonW (1999)
US OpenW (2006, 2009, 2013)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1997, 1999, 2000, 2005)
Olympic GamesSF – 4th (2004)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles6
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2003, 2010)
French OpenF (2005)
WimbledonW (1999, 2003, 2010)
US OpenW (2008)
Other Mixed Doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (2012)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (1993)

Last updated on: 9 September 2013

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Leander Paes
Paes WM13-009 (9495560679).jpg
CountryIndia
ResidenceKolkata, West Bengal
Born(1973-06-17) 17 June 1973 (age 40)
Goa
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro1991
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$7,597,534
Singles
Career record99–98
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 73 (24 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1997, 2000)
French Open2R (1997)
Wimbledon2R (2001)
US Open3R (1997)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesBronze medal.svg Bronze Medal (1996)
Doubles
Career record655–340
Career titles53
Highest rankingNo. 1 (21 June 1999)
Current rankingNo. 6 (9 September 2013)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2012)
French OpenW (1999, 2001, 2009)
WimbledonW (1999)
US OpenW (2006, 2009, 2013)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsF (1997, 1999, 2000, 2005)
Olympic GamesSF – 4th (2004)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles6
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2003, 2010)
French OpenF (2005)
WimbledonW (1999, 2003, 2010)
US OpenW (2008)
Other Mixed Doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesQF (2012)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (1993)

Last updated on: 9 September 2013

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Leander Adrian Paes (born 17 June 1973) is an Indian professional tennis player who features in the doubles events in the ATP Tour and the Davis Cup tournament. 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. 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 in the 1999 Wimbledon. 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 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 and 2012 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 and have not lost a match since the last match of the regular season in 2010. He was named Male MVP for 2009 and 2011 for all of World Team Tennis.[7]

Early life[edit]

Leander was born in Goa, 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[edit]

Paes is a direct descendant of Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta through his mother. Previously having dated Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhary, he is now married to Rhea Pillai.

In 2013, there were reports that Leander Paes and Rhea were headed for a divorce.[10] 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.[11]

Career[edit]

Early career (1991–1997)[edit]

Paes first won titles at the Junior US Open and the Junior Wimbledon and he turned professional in 1991.[12] He rose to the number 1 in the world in the junior rankings.[13] In 1992, he reached the quarter finals of the doubles event in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with Ramesh Krishnan.[14]

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.[15] Paes cited the match as one of his greatest performances on the court, in part because his wrist was severely injured.[16] He was awarded the highest sporting honour by the government of India, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1996.[17] 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.[18]

Rise in doubles (1998–2002)[edit]

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.[19][20][21][22] 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.[23] 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.[24] Paes was given the honour of carrying the Indian Flag at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.[25] 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.[26] The duo of Paes and Bhupathi won the gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.[27] 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[edit]

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.[28] 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).[29][30] Paes maintained his doubles ranking in the top 20 in the world between 2005 and 2007.[31][32] With wins in the Rotterdam and Indian Wells, Paes took his doubles tally to 38.[33][34][35]

2008[edit]

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,[36] who went on to win the men's doubles gold medal.[37] Later in 2008, with Cara Black, he won the 2008 US Open mixed doubles title.

2009[edit]

In 2009, he won the French Open[38] and US Open Men's doubles titles with Lukáš Dlouhý[39] and was the runner-up in mixed doubles at the US Open.

2010[edit]

He began the 2010 season in good form, again winning the Australian Open mixed doubles title with Cara Black.[40] This was the pair's third consecutive Grand Slam final and the fourth overall

2012[edit]

Paes and Radek Štěpánek's journey at Wimbledon championship 2012 came to an end when the duo lost against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.[41]

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[42] on 7 July 2012.[43] but they lost on the final to Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan 3–6, 7–5, 4–6.[44][45]

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[46]

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.[47][48] However the duo lost in the final of US Open 2012 to the Bryan brothers.[49]

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.[50] They made it to the semifinals, where they were eliminated by eventual runners-up Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.

2013[edit]

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.[51]

Davis Cup career[edit]

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.[52][53] 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.[54][55] 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 hammered No. 25 Arnaud Boetsch on clay (not his best surface) in straight sets in the Davis Cup. Not to mention that in the same week, he had also beaten Henri Leconte.

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. Reuters

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 madness. As did Czech Jiří Novák. In short, when he donned the India colours, Paes was capable of accomplishing great deeds – no feat was too big or too small. He would do it all – just because it was for India. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Paes was ranked 127th in the world and needed a wildcard to enter the main draw. But when did that ever stop him. The Indian ran in Andre Agassi in the semis, he was outgunned but he even managed to impress Agassi: ‘He's a flying jumping bean, a bundle of hyperkinetic energy, with the tour's quickest hands,’ the American later recalled in his autobiography Open.[56]

Year-end finals[57][edit]

Paes appeared with Bhupathi in six season finales.

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[edit]

Leander is regarded as having a strange playing style.[58] He varies his play as the match goes on; he is one of the best volleyers and a talented dropshotter.[59] His strategy at net play is worthy of study by budding tennis players, and makes him one of the greatest interceptors in the game.[60] His volleying techniques were learned by Former Indian Player Akhtar Ali.[61] 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[edit]

Leander is made his film debut in Ashok Kohli's Rajdhani Express, a socio-political thriller.[62] He has also been offered his first Hollywood script.[63]

YearFilmRoleNotes
2013Rajdhani ExpressKeshavDebut film

Major finals[edit]

Olympic finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 bronze medal)[edit]

Bronze medal final
OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponentScore
Bronze1996United States AtlantaHardBrazil Fernando Meligeni3–6, 6–2, 6–4

Doubles: 0[edit]

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
4th place2004AthensHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiCroatia Mario Ančić
Croatia Ivan Ljubičić
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 14–16

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1–0)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0–0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
ATP Masters Series (0–0)
ATP Tour (1–0)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Winner1.6 July 1998Newport, USGrassSouth Africa Neville Godwin6–3, 6–2

Doubles: 89 (53–36)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (8–8)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–4)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (13–5)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (6–8)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (26–11)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentScore
Runner-up1.20 August 1995New Haven, USHardVenezuela Nicolás PereiraUnited States Rick Leach
United States Scott Melville
3–6, 7–5, 4–6
Winner1.7 April 1997Chennai, IndiaHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiUzbekistan Oleg Ogorodov
Israel Eyal Ran
7–6, 7–5
Winner2.28 April 1997Prague, Czech RepublicClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiCzech Republic Petr Luxa
Czech Republic David Škoch
6–1, 6–1
Winner3.28 July 1997Montreal, CanadaHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiCanada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
7–6, 6–3
Winner4.11 August 1997New Haven, USHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiCanada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
6–4, 6–7, 6–2
Winner5.29 September 1997Beijing, ChinaHard (i)India Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Alex O'Brien
United States Jim Courier
7–5, 7–6
Winner6.6 October 1997Singapore, SingaporeCarpet (i)India Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Rick Leach
United States Jonathan Stark
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up2.23 November 1997Hartford, USCarpetIndia Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Rick Leach
United States Jonathan Stark
3–6, 4–6, 6–7
Winner7.5 January 1998Doha, QatarHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiFrance Olivier Delaître
France Fabrice Santoro
6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Winner8.9 February 1998Dubai, UAEHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Donald Johnson
United States Francisco Montana
6–2, 7–5
Winner9.6 April 1998Chennai, India (2)HardIndia Mahesh BhupathiFrance Olivier Delaître
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–7, 6–3, 6–2
Winner10.11 May 1998Rome, ItalyClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiSouth Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
6–4, 4–6, 7–6
Winner11.5 October 1998Shanghai, ChinaCarpet (i)India Mahesh BhupathiAustralia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–4, 6–7, 7–6
Runner-up3.19 October 1998Singapore, SingaporeCarpetIndia Mahesh BhupathiAustralia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up4.2 November 1998Stuttgart, GermanyHard (i)India Mahesh BhupathiCanada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
3–6, 6–3, 5–7
Winner12.9 November 1998Paris, FranceCarpet (i)India Mahesh BhupathiNetherlands Jacco Eltingh
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up5.1 February 1999Melbourne, AustraliaHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiSweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Patrick Rafter
3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, 4–6
Winner13.5 April 1999Chennai, India (3)HardIndia Mahesh BhupathiZimbabwe Wayne Black
South Africa Neville Godwin
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner14.24 May 1999Paris, FranceClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiCroatia Goran Ivanišević
United States Jeff Tarango
6–2, 7–5
Winner15.14 June 1999's-Hertogenbosch, NetherlandsGrassNetherlands Jan SiemerinkSouth Africa Ellis Ferreira
Czech Republic David Rikl
W/O
Winner16.21 June 1999London, UKGrassIndia Mahesh BhupathiNetherlands Paul Haarhuis
United States Jared Palmer
6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6
Winner17.5 July 1999Newport, USGrassAustralia Wayne ArthursArmenia Sargis Sargsian
United States Chris Woodruff
6–7, 7–6, 6–3
Runner-up6.22 August 1999Indianapolis, USHardFrance Olivier DelaîtreNetherlands Paul Haarhuis
United States Jared Palmer
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up7.13 September 1999New York, USHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiCanada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up8.15 November 1999Hartford, USCarpetIndia Mahesh BhupathiCanada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
3–6, 2–6, 2–6
Winner18.1 May 2000Orlando, USClayNetherlands Jan SiemerinkUnited States Justin Gimelstob
Canada Sébastien Lareau
6–3, 6–4
Winner19.9 October 2000Tokyo, JapanHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiAustralia Michael Hill
United States Jeff Tarango
6–4, 6–7, 6–3
Runner-up9.17 December 2000Bangalore, IndiaHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Donald Johnson
South Africa Piet Norval
6–7, 3–6, 4–6
Winner20.23 April 2001Atlanta, USClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Rick Leach
Australia David Macpherson
6–3, 7–6
Winner21.30 April 2001Houston, US (2)ClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Kevin Kim
United States Jim Thomas
7–6, 6–2
Winner22.28 May 2001Paris, France (2)ClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiCzech Republic Petr Pála
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
7–6, 6–3
Winner23.6 August 2001Cincinnati, USHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiCzech Republic Martin Damm
Germany David Prinosil
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up10.29 October 2001Basel, SwitzerlandCarpetIndia Mahesh BhupathiSouth Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
6–7, 4–6
Runner-up11.5 November 2001Paris, FranceCarpetIndia Mahesh BhupathiSouth Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Winner24.31 December 2001Chennai, India (4)HardIndia Mahesh BhupathiCzech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Ota Fukárek
5–7, 6–2, 7–5
Winner25.29 April 2002Majorca, SpainClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiAustria Julian Knowle
Germany Michael Kohlmann
6–2, 6–4
Winner26.24 February 2003Dubai, UAE (2)HardCzech Republic David RiklZimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 6–0
Winner27.3 March 2003Delray Beach, USHardSerbia and Montenegro Nenad ZimonjićNetherlands Raemon Sluiter
Netherlands Martin Verkerk
7–5, 3–6, 7–5
Runner-up12.6 April 2003Miami, USHardCzech Republic David RiklSwitzerland Roger Federer
Belarus Max Mirnyi
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up13.22 June 2003s'Hertogenbosch, NetherlandsGrassUnited States Donald JohnsonCzech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Cyril Suk
5–7, 6–7
Winner28.7 July 2003Gstaad, SwitzerlandClayCzech Republic David RiklCzech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Leoš Friedl
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up14.29 February 2004Dubai, UAEHardSweden Jonas BjörkmanIndia Mahesh Bhupathi
France Fabrice Santoro
2–6, 6–4, 4–6
Winner29.7 June 2004Halle, GermanyGrassCzech Republic David RiklCzech Republic Tomáš Cibulec
Czech Republic Petr Pála
6–2, 7–5
Winner30.5 July 2004Gstaad, Switzerland (2)ClayCzech Republic David RiklSwitzerland Marc Rosset
Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka
6–4, 6–2
Winner31.26 July 2004Toronto, Canada (2)HardIndia Mahesh BhupathiSweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up15.12 September 2004New York, USHardCzech Republic David RiklThe Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
3–6, 3–6
Winner32.13 September 2004Delray Beach, US (2)HardCzech Republic Radek ŠtěpánekArgentina Gastón Etlis
Argentina Martín Rodríguez
6–0, 6–3
Winner33.11 April 2005Monte Carlo, MonacoClaySerbia and Montenegro Nenad ZimonjićUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
W/O
Winner34.18 April 2005Barcelona, SpainClaySerbia and Montenegro Nenad ZimonjićSpain Feliciano López
Spain Rafael Nadal
6–3, 6–3
Winner35.26 September 2005Bangkok, ThailandHard (i)Australia Paul HanleyIsrael Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
6–7, 6–1, 6–2
Runner-up16.16 October 2005Stockholm, SwedenHard (i)Serbia and Montenegro Nenad ZimonjićAustralia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Paul Hanley
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up17.23 October 2005Madrid, SpainHard (i)Serbia and Montenegro Nenad ZimonjićThe Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up18.13 November 2005Shanghai, ChinaCarpet (i)Serbia and Montenegro Nenad ZimonjićFrance Michaël Llodra
France Fabrice Santoro
7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up19.29 January 2006Melbourne, AustraliaHardCzech Republic Martin DammUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner36.19 June 2006's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (2)GrassCzech Republic Martin DammFrance Arnaud Clément
South Africa Chris Haggard
6–1, 7–6
Winner37.28 August 2006New York, USHardCzech Republic Martin DammSweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–7, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up20.7 January 2007Doha, QatarHardCzech Republic Martin DammRussia Mikhail Youzhny
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
1–6, 6–7
Winner38.19 February 2007Rotterdam, NetherlandsHard (i)Czech Republic Martin DammRomania Andrei Pavel
Germany Alexander Waske
6–3, 6–7, [10–7]
Winner39.5 March 2007Indian Wells, USHardCzech Republic Martin DammIsrael Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up21.1 April 2007Miami, USHardCzech Republic Martin DammUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7, 6–3, [7–10]
Runner-up22.23 June 2007's-Hertogenbosch, NetherlandsGrassCzech Republic Martin DammSouth Africa Jeff Coetzee
Netherlands Rogier Wassen
6–3, 6–7, [10–12]
Runner-up23.9 June 2008Halle, GermanyGrassCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýRussia Mikhail Youzhny
Germany Mischa Zverev
6–3, 4–6, [3–10]
Runner-up24.15 June 2008s'Hertogenbosch, NetherlandsGrassIndia Mahesh BhupathiCroatia Mario Ančić
Austria Jürgen Melzer
6–7, 3–6
Runner-up25.25 August 2008New York, USHardCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–7(10–12)
Winner40.21 September 2008Bangkok, Thailand (2)Hard (i)Czech Republic Lukáš DlouhýUnited States Scott Lipsky
United States David Martin
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up26.29 September 2008Tokyo, JapanHardCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýRussia Mikhail Youzhny
Germany Mischa Zverev
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up27.18 January 2009Auckland, New ZealandHardUnited States Scott LipskyCzech Republic Martin Damm
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
5–7, 4–6
Runner-up28.15 February 2009Rotterdam, NetherlandsHardCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýCanada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
2–6, 5–7
Winner41.6 June 2009Paris, France (3)ClayCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýSouth Africa Wesley Moodie
Belgium Dick Norman
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner42.13 September 2009New York, US (2)HardCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýIndia Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up29.10 January 2010Brisbane, AustraliaHardCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýFrance Jérémy Chardy
France Marc Gicquel
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up30.27 February 2010Dubai, UAEHardCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýSweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Paul Hanley
2–6, 3–6
Winner43.3 April 2010Miami, USHardCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýIndia Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–2, 7–5
Runner-up31.5 June 2010Paris, FranceClayCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýCanada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up32.19 June 2010s'Hertogenbosch, NetherlandsGrassCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýSweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
6–1, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner44.17 October 2010Shanghai, ChinaHardAustria Jürgen MelzerPoland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
7–5, 4–6, [10–5]
Winner45.9 January 2011Chennai, India (5)HardIndia Mahesh BhupathiNetherlands Robin Haase
United States David Martin
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]
Runner-up33.29 January 2011Melbourne, AustraliaHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner46.2 April 2011Miami, US (2)HardIndia Mahesh BhupathiBelarus Max Mirnyi
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–7(5–7), 6–2, [10–5]
Runner-up34.12 June 2011London, UKGrassIndia Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(7–2), 6–7(4–7), [6–10]
Winner47.21 August 2011Cincinnati, USHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiFrance Michaël Llodra
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–2)
Winner48.8 January 2012Chennai, India (6)HardSerbia Janko TipsarevićIsrael Andy Ram
Israel Jonathan Erlich
6–4, 6–4
Winner49.28 January 2012Melbourne, AustraliaHardCzech Republic Radek ŠtěpánekUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(7–1), 6–2
Winner50.31 March 2012Miami, US (3)HardCzech Republic Radek ŠtěpánekBelarus Max Mirnyi
Canada Daniel Nestor
3–6, 6–1, [10–8]
Runner-up35.8 September 2012New York, USHardCzech Republic Radek ŠtěpánekUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–3, 3–6, 6–4
Runner-up36.7 October 2012Tokyo, JapanHardCzech Republic Radek ŠtěpánekAustria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Winner51.14 October 2012Shanghai, China (2)HardCzech Republic Radek ŠtěpánekIndia Mahesh Bhupathi
India Rohan Bopanna
6–7(7–9), 6–3, [10–5]
Winner52.24 August 2013Winston-Salem, USHardCanada Daniel NestorPhilippines Treat Conrad Huey
United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
7–6(12–10), 7–5
Winner53.8 September 2013New York, USHardCzech Republic Radek ŠtěpánekAustria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
6-3, 6-1

Grand Slam performance[edit]

Men's doubles: 16 (8–8)[edit]

By winning the 2012 Australian Open title, Paes achieved the career Grand Slam.

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Runner-up1999Australian OpenHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiSweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Patrick Rafter
3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(12–10), 4–6
Winner1999French OpenClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiCroatia Goran Ivanišević
United States Jeff Tarango
6–2, 7–5
Winner1999WimbledonGrassIndia Mahesh BhupathiNetherlands Paul Haarhuis
United States Jared Palmer
6–7(10–12), 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up1999US OpenHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiCanada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
6–7, 4–6
Winner2001French Open (2)ClayIndia Mahesh BhupathiCzech Republic Petr Pála
Czech Republic Pavel Vízner
7–6, 6–3
Runner-up2004US OpenHardCzech Republic David RiklThe Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up2006Australian OpenHardCzech Republic Martin DammUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner2006US OpenHardCzech Republic Martin DammSweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up2008US OpenHardCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–7(10–12)
Winner2009French Open (3)ClayCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýSouth Africa Wesley Moodie
Belgium Dick Norman
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner2009US Open (2)HardCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýIndia Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up2010French OpenClayCzech Republic Lukáš DlouhýSerbia Nenad Zimonjić
Canada Daniel Nestor
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up2011Australian OpenHardIndia Mahesh BhupathiUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner2012Australian OpenHardCzech Republic Radek ŠtěpánekUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(7–1), 6–2
Runner-up2012US OpenHardCzech Republic Radek ŠtěpánekUnited States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner2013US Open (3)HardCzech Republic Radek ŠtěpánekAustria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
6-1, 6-3

Mixed doubles: 14 (6–8)[edit]

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Winner1999WimbledonGrassUnited States Lisa RaymondRussia Anna Kournikova
Sweden Jonas Björkman
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up2001US OpenHardUnited States Lisa RaymondAustralia Rennae Stubbs
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 5–7, [11–9]
Winner2003Australian OpenHardUnited States Martina NavrátilováGreece Eleni Daniilidou
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 7–5
Winner2003Wimbledon (2)GrassUnited States Martina NavrátilováRussia Anastassia Rodionova
Israel Andy Ram
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up2004Australian OpenHardUnited States Martina NavrátilováRussia Elena Bovina
Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić
6–1, 7–6
Runner-up2005French OpenClayUnited States Martina NavrátilováSlovakia Daniela Hantuchová
France Fabrice Santoro
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Runner-up2007US OpenHardUnited States Meghann ShaughnessyBelarus Victoria Azarenka
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Winner2008US OpenHardZimbabwe Cara BlackUnited States Liezel Huber
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up2009WimbledonGrassZimbabwe Cara BlackGermany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up2009US OpenHardZimbabwe Cara BlackUnited States Carly Gullickson
United States Travis Parrot
6–2, 6–4
Winner2010Australian Open (2)HardZimbabwe Cara BlackRussia Ekaterina Makarova
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
7–5, 6–3
Winner2010Wimbledon (3)GrassZimbabwe Cara BlackUnited States Lisa Raymond
South Africa Wesley Moodie
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up2012Australian OpenHardRussia Elena VesninaUnited States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Romania Horia Tecău
3–6, 7–5, [3–10]
Runner-up2012WimbledonGrassRussia Elena VesninaUnited States Lisa Raymond
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, 4–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament19941995199619971998199920002001SRW–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open1R2R1R1R2R0 / 52–5
French Open2R0 / 11–1
Wimbledon1R1R1R1R2R0 / 51–5
US Open1R2R3R1R0 / 43–4
Win–Loss0–10–11–24–40–30–21–11–10 / 157–15

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014SRW–L
Grand Slams
Australian OpenAAA2RQFA1RSFF1R1R2RQF1RAF3R2RSFQFFW1RQF1/1946–18
French OpenAAAAAA2RSFW1RWSFSF2RQF1R2R3RWF2R2R2R3/1746–14
WimbledonAA1R3RA2R1R2RWA1R1RSF2RQFSFQFSF1R2R2R3RSF1/1937–18
US OpenAASF2R1RASFSFF1R1R2RAF1RW1RFW1RQFFW3/1955–16
Win–Loss0–00–04–24–33–21–15–413–422–20–36–36–411–37–46–315–36–412–416–29–410–414–30–18 / 74184–66
Year End Championships
Tennis Masters CupAAAAAAFRRFFRRNHAAFSFSFRRRRRRSFSFRR0 / 1420–29
Summer Olympics
Summer OlympicsNHQFNot Held2RNot Held2RNot Held4thNot HeldQFNot Held2RNH0 / 610–6
Masters Series
Indian WellsAAAAA1R1RASF2R1R1RSF1RQF2RWQF2R1R2RQFA1 / 1619–15
MiamiAAA2R1R2R2R2R2R2RA2RFQF1RAFQF2RWWW2R3 / 1833–15
Monte CarloAAAAAAASF2RASF1R2RAW2RA2RSF2RAQFQF1 / 1112–10
RomeAAAAAAAWAA1R1R2R2RQF2RSF2RQFQF2R2R2R1 / 1310–12
Madrid (Stuttgart)AAAAAAQFFAAQF2RA1RF1R2R2RASFAQF2R0 / 1111–11
CanadaAAAAAAWSFQFA1RQFQFW2RSFQFSFA2R2RSF2R2 / 1319–11
CincinnatiAA1RAAAQFA2RAW1R2RQFQFSFSFQF2R2RW2RQF2 / 1517–13
ShanghaiNot HeldAWSFW2R2 / 36–1
ParisAAAAAA2RWAAF2R1R1RA1R2RA2RQF2R2R2R1 / 129–11
HamburgAAAAAAAA2RA1R2RSFSFSFAASFNM10 / 711–6
Win–Loss0–00–00–11–10–11–29–516–43–51–212–75–99–711–712–86–612–611–95–612–711–57–13-812 / 113145–100
Ranking481179931427689144184933131312121210858310

Partnerships[edit]

Leander Paes is known for changing partnerships and experimenting with it. Édouard Roger-Vasselin was the 92nd men's doubles partner of Paes' career when they two team up at the 2013 Aircel Chennai Open. 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[edit]

No.PartnerYear
1India Zeeshan Ali1990
2India Ramesh Krishnan1991 1992 1993
3Puerto Rico Juan Rios1991
4Australia Charlton Eagle1991
5Canada Andrew Sznajder1992
6Haiti Bertrand Madsen1992
7Italy Nicola Bruno1992
8Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett1992 1995 1997
9Sweden Nicklas Utgren1992
10United States Todd Nelson1992 1993
11Israel Gilad Bloom1992 1994
12United States Donald Johnson1992 1993 1994 1996 2003
13United States Tommy Ho1993
14Georgia (country) Vladimir Gabrichidze1993
15Germany Arne Thoms1993
16Zimbabwe Byron Black1993 2000
17Italy Laurence Tieleman1993 1995
18Netherlands Fernon Wibier1993
19Mexico Oliver Fernandez1993
20France Jean-Philippe Fleurian1993
21Australia Wayne Arthurs1993 1999 2000
22Canada Sébastien Lareau1993 1994 2000
23South Africa Stefan Kruger1993
24South Africa Ellis Ferreira1993
25South Africa Johan De Beer1993
26Japan Shuzo Matsuoka1993
27Sweden Marten Renström1994
28The Bahamas Mark Knowles1994
29India Gaurav Natekar1994 1995
30South Africa Marius Barnard1994
31Canada Albert Chang1994
32Netherlands Stephen Noteboom1994
33Canada Daniel Nestor1994 2013
34United States Richard Matuszewski1994
35South Africa Mark Kaplan1994
36India Mahesh Bhupathi1994–2006 2008 2009–2011
37Malaysia Adam Malik1994
38Zimbabwe Wayne Black1995–1996
39Sweden Lars-Anders Wahlgren1995
40United States Kent Kinnear1995
41United States Matt Lucena1995
42South Africa Clinton Ferreira1995
43Israel Eyal Ran1995
44Venezuela Maurice Ruah1995
45Mexico Óscar Ortiz1995
46Venezuela Nicolás Pereira1995 1996
47South Africa David Adams1995
48United States Devin Bowen1996
49United States Jeff Belloli1996
50South Africa Neville Godwin1996
51United States David DiLucia1996
52South Africa Chris Haggard1996 2000
53South Africa Marcos Ondruska1997
54The Bahamas Roger Smith1997
55United States Mark Keil1997
56India Nitten Kirrtane1997
57South Africa Piet Norval1998
58Australia Peter Tramacchi1998
59Netherlands Jan Siemerink1999 2000
60Sweden Jonas Björkman1999 2004
61United States Jared Palmer1999
62France Olivier Delaître1999
63India Fazaluddin Syed2000
64Ecuador Nicolás Lapentti2000
65India Vishal Uppal2000 2002
66India Mustafa Ghouse2001
67South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager2002
68United States Justin Gimelstob2002
69Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec2002 2004
70France Michaël Llodra2002 2013
71Australia Stephen Huss2002
72Australia Michael Hill2002
73Czech Republic David Rikl2002 2003 2004
74Serbia Nenad Zimonjić2003 2005
75United States Donald Johnson2003
76Israel Jonathan Erlich2004
77Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek2004 2006 2012 2013
78Australia Paul Hanley2005 2007 2008
79Czech Republic Martin Damm2006 2007
80Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi2006
81India Sunil-Kumar Sipaeya2007
82India Rohan Bopanna2007 2012
83Spain Tommy Robredo2008
84Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý2008 2009 2010
85United States Scott Lipsky2009 2012
86Austria Jürgen Melzer2010 2012 2013
87Serbia Janko Tipsarević2012
88Austria Alexander Peya2012
89South Africa Kevin Anderson2012
90India Vishnu Vardhan2012
91Romania Horia Tecău2012
92France Édouard Roger-Vasselin2013
93India Purav Raja2013
94India Sanam Singh2013
95Italy Daniele Bracciali2013

Partners in Mixed doubles[edit]

No.PartnerYear
1Indonesia Yayuk Basuki1994 1995
2Japan Kyoko Nagatsuka1996
3Romania Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie1997
4Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko1998
5Japan Rika Hiraki1998
6United States Katrina Adams1999
7United States Lisa Raymond1999 2000 2001 2002
8Netherlands Miriam Oremans2002
9United States Martina Navratilova2002 2003 2004 2005
10France Nathalie Dechy2006
11Russia Maria Kirilenko2006
12Australia Samantha Stosur2006 2007
13United States Meghann Shaughnessy2007
14Hungary Ágnes Szávay2008
15Russia Nadia Petrova2008
16Australia Rennae Stubbs2008
17Zimbabwe Cara Black2008 2009 2010 2011
18Czech Republic Iveta Benešová2011
19Russia Elena Vesnina2011 2012 2013
20India Sania Mirza2012 (Olympics)
21Serbia Jelena Janković2013
22China Saisai Zheng2013
23Slovakia Daniela Hantuchova2014

Other partners[edit]

India – Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Other events[edit]

WorldTeam Tennis[edit]

Partnership with Mahesh Bhupathi[edit]

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.[64][65][66] 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.[67] He once stated in an interview that although he and Bhupathi are friends, he did not consider pairing with his former teammate.[68] However, for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they decided to play together for their country,[69] and lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.[70]

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.[71]

The Indian duo has a 303–103 career record together. They have a higher success rate against various top teams.[72] They have a Davis Cup record of longest winning streak in doubles, with 23 straight wins.[73]

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.[74] Paes threatened to withdraw from the Olympics rather than play with Vardhan, whose world ranking was 296,[75] but withdrew the threat a week later.[76] 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[edit]

Davis Cup Record[edit]

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.

SLYearOpponentResult
11995Croatia Sasa Hirszon / Goran IvanisevicW
21996Netherlands Jacco Eltingh / Paul HaarhuisL
31996Sweden Jonas Bjorkman / Nicklas KultiL
41997Czech Republic Martin Damm / Petr KordaW
51997Chile Nicolas Massu / Marcelo RiosW
61998United Kingdom Neil Broad / Tim HenmanW
71999South Korea Dong-Hyun Kim / Hyung-Taik LeeW
81999China Shan Jiang / Ben-Qiang ZhuW
92001China Ran Xu / Jing-Zhu YangW
102001Japan Thomas Shimada / Takao SuzukiW
112001United States Donald Johnson / Jared PalmerW
122002Lebanon Patrick Chucri / Ali HamadehW
132002New Zealand James Shortall / Daniel WillmanW
142003Japan Jun Kato / Thomas ShimadaW
152003New Zealand Alistair Hunt / Mark NielsenW
162004New Zealand Mark Nielsen / Matthew PrenticeW
172004Japan Thomas Shimada / Takahiro TerachiW
182005China Yu Jr. Wang / Ben-Qiang ZhuW
192005Uzbekistan Murad Inoyatov / Denis IstominW
202005Sweden Simon Aspelin / Jonas BjorkmanW
212006South Korea Woong-Sun Jun / Oh-Hee KwonW
222006Pakistan Jalil Khan / Asim ShafikW
232008Japan Satoshi Iwabuchi / Takao SuzukiW
242008Romania Adrian Cruciat / Horia TecauW
252009Chinese Taipei Tsung-Hua Yang / Chu-Huan YiW
262010Russia Teymuraz Gabashvili / Igor KunitsynW
272010Brazil Marcelo Melo / Bruno SoaresW

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Preceded by
Karnam Malleswari
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
1996/1997
Joint with Nameirakpam Kunjarani
Succeeded by
Sachin Tendulkar
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Pargat Singh
Flagbearer for  India
Sydney 2000
Succeeded by
Anju Bobby George