Leander Paes

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Leander Paes
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Country India
Residence Kolkata, West Bengal
Born (1973-06-17) 17 June 1973 (age 40)
Goa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1991
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $7,597,534
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.svg Bronze Medal (1996)
Doubles
Career record 655–340
Career titles 53
Highest ranking No. 1 (21 June 1999)
Current ranking No. 6 (9 September 2013)
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: 9 September 2013

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Signature of Leander Paes.

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, 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 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] In January 2014, Government of India announced its 3rd Highest Civilian Award Padma Bhushan for Paes.[52]

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.[53][54] 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.[55][56] 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.[57]

Year-end finals[58][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.[59] He varies his play as the match goes on; he is one of the best volleyers and a talented dropshotter.[60] His strategy at net play is worthy of study by budding tennis players, and makes him one of the greatest interceptors in the game.[61] His volleying techniques were learned by Former Indian Player Akhtar Ali.[62] 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 made his film debut in Ashok Kohli's Rajdhani Express, a socio-political thriller.[63] He has also been offered his first Hollywood script.[64]

Year Film Role Notes
2013 Rajdhani Express Keshav Debut film

Major finals[edit]

Olympic finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 bronze medal)[edit]

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

Doubles: 0[edit]

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

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1999 Australian Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Sweden Jonas Björkman
Australia Patrick Rafter
3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(12–10), 4–6
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(10–12), 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 1999 US Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Canada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
6–7, 4–6
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 Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2006 Australian Open Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 2006 US Open Hard Czech Republic Martin Damm Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2008 US Open Hard Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–7(10–12)
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
Runner-up 2010 French Open Clay Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
Canada Daniel Nestor
5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 2011 Australian Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2012 Australian Open Hard Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(7–1), 6–2
Runner-up 2012 US Open Hard Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2013 US Open (3) Hard Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
6-1, 6-3

Mixed doubles: 14 (6–8)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass United States Lisa Raymond Russia Anna Kournikova
Sweden Jonas Björkman
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2001 US Open Hard United States Lisa Raymond Australia Rennae Stubbs
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 5–7, [11–9]
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(8–6)
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 (2) Hard Zimbabwe Cara Black Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
7–5, 6–3
Winner 2010 Wimbledon (3) Grass Zimbabwe Cara Black United States Lisa Raymond
South Africa Wesley Moodie
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 2012 Australian Open Hard Russia Elena Vesnina United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Romania Horia Tecău
3–6, 7–5, [3–10]
Runner-up 2012 Wimbledon Grass Russia Elena Vesnina United States Lisa Raymond
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, 4–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

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[edit]

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 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 1/19 37–18
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 3/19 55–16
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 3–1 8 / 75 184–66
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 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 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 2 / 13 19–11
Cincinnati A A 1R A A A QF A 2R A W 1R 2R QF QF SF SF QF 2R 2R W 2R QF 2 / 15 17–13
Shanghai Not Held A W SF W 2R 2 / 3 6–1
Paris A A A A A A 2R W A A F 2R 1R 1R A 1R 2R A 2R QF 2R 2R 2R 1 / 12 9–11
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 12 / 113 145–100
Ranking 481 179 93 142 76 89 14 4 1 84 9 33 13 13 12 12 12 10 8 5 8 3 10

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. Partner Year
1 India Zeeshan Ali 1990
2 India Ramesh Krishnan 1991 1992 1993
3 Puerto Rico Juan Rios 1991
4 Australia Charlton Eagle 1991
5 Canada Andrew Sznajder 1992
6 Haiti Bertrand Madsen 1992
7 Italy Nicola Bruno 1992
8 Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett 1992 1995 1997
9 Sweden Nicklas Utgren 1992
10 United States Todd Nelson 1992 1993
11 Israel Gilad Bloom 1992 1994
12 United States Donald Johnson 1992 1993 1994 1996 2003
13 United States Tommy Ho 1993
14 Georgia (country) Vladimir Gabrichidze 1993
15 Germany Arne Thoms 1993
16 Zimbabwe Byron Black 1993 2000
17 Italy Laurence Tieleman 1993 1995
18 Netherlands Fernon Wibier 1993
19 Mexico Oliver Fernandez 1993
20 France Jean-Philippe Fleurian 1993
21 Australia Wayne Arthurs 1993 1999 2000
22 Canada Sébastien Lareau 1993 1994 2000
23 South Africa Stefan Kruger 1993
24 South Africa Ellis Ferreira 1993
25 South Africa Johan De Beer 1993
26 Japan Shuzo Matsuoka 1993
27 Sweden Marten Renström 1994
28 The Bahamas Mark Knowles 1994
29 India Gaurav Natekar 1994 1995
30 South Africa Marius Barnard 1994
31 Canada Albert Chang 1994
32 Netherlands Stephen Noteboom 1994
33 Canada Daniel Nestor 1994 2013
34 United States Richard Matuszewski 1994
35 South Africa Mark Kaplan 1994
36 India Mahesh Bhupathi 1994–2006 2008 2009–2011
37 Malaysia Adam Malik 1994
38 Zimbabwe Wayne Black 1995–1996
39 Sweden Lars-Anders Wahlgren 1995
40 United States Kent Kinnear 1995
41 United States Matt Lucena 1995
42 South Africa Clinton Ferreira 1995
43 Israel Eyal Ran 1995
44 Venezuela Maurice Ruah 1995
45 Mexico Óscar Ortiz 1995
46 Venezuela Nicolás Pereira 1995 1996
47 South Africa David Adams 1995
48 United States Devin Bowen 1996
49 United States Jeff Belloli 1996
50 South Africa Neville Godwin 1996
51 United States David DiLucia 1996
52 South Africa Chris Haggard 1996 2000
53 South Africa Marcos Ondruska 1997
54 The Bahamas Roger Smith 1997
55 United States Mark Keil 1997
56 India Nitten Kirrtane 1997
57 South Africa Piet Norval 1998
58 Australia Peter Tramacchi 1998
59 Netherlands Jan Siemerink 1999 2000
60 Sweden Jonas Björkman 1999 2004
61 United States Jared Palmer 1999
62 France Olivier Delaître 1999
63 India Fazaluddin Syed 2000
64 Ecuador Nicolás Lapentti 2000
65 India Vishal Uppal 2000 2002
66 India Mustafa Ghouse 2001
67 South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager 2002
68 United States Justin Gimelstob 2002
69 Czech Republic Tomáš Cibulec 2002 2004
70 France Michaël Llodra 2002 2013
71 Australia Stephen Huss 2002
72 Australia Michael Hill 2002
73 Czech Republic David Rikl 2002 2003 2004
74 Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić 2003 2005
75 United States Donald Johnson 2003
76 Israel Jonathan Erlich 2004
77 Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek 2004 2006 2012 2013 2014
78 Australia Paul Hanley 2005 2007 2008
79 Czech Republic Martin Damm 2006 2007
80 Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 2006
81 India Sunil-Kumar Sipaeya 2007
82 India Rohan Bopanna 2007 2012
83 Spain Tommy Robredo 2008
84 Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý 2008 2009 2010
85 United States Scott Lipsky 2009 2012
86 Austria Jürgen Melzer 2010 2012 2013
87 Serbia Janko Tipsarević 2012
88 Austria Alexander Peya 2012
89 South Africa Kevin Anderson 2012
90 India Vishnu Vardhan 2012
91 Romania Horia Tecău 2012
92 France Édouard Roger-Vasselin 2013
93 India Purav Raja 2013
94 India Sanam Singh 2013
95 Italy Daniele Bracciali 2013

Partners in Mixed doubles[edit]

No. Partner Year
1 Indonesia Yayuk Basuki 1994 1995
2 Japan Kyoko Nagatsuka 1996
3 Romania Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie 1997
4 Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko 1998
5 Japan Rika Hiraki 1998
6 United States Katrina Adams 1999
7 United States Lisa Raymond 1999 2000 2001 2002
8 Netherlands Miriam Oremans 2002
9 United States Martina Navratilova 2002 2003 2004 2005
10 France Nathalie Dechy 2006
11 Russia Maria Kirilenko 2006
12 Australia Samantha Stosur 2006 2007
13 United States Meghann Shaughnessy 2007
14 Hungary Ágnes Szávay 2008
15 Russia Nadia Petrova 2008
16 Australia Rennae Stubbs 2008
17 Zimbabwe Cara Black 2008 2009 2010 2011
18 Czech Republic Iveta Benešová 2011
19 Russia Elena Vesnina 2011 2012 2013
20 India Sania Mirza 2012 (Olympics)
21 Serbia Jelena Janković 2013
22 China Saisai Zheng 2013
23 Slovakia 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[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.[65][66][67] 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.[68] He once stated in an interview that although he and Bhupathi are friends, he did not consider pairing with his former teammate.[69] However, for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they decided to play together for their country,[70] and lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.[71]

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.[72]

The Indian duo has a 303–103 career record together. They have a higher success rate against various top teams.[73] They have a Davis Cup record of longest winning streak in doubles, with 23 straight wins.[74]

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.[75] Paes threatened to withdraw from the Olympics rather than play with Vardhan, whose world ranking was 296,[76] but withdrew the threat a week later.[77] 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.

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

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