|Residence||Kolkata, West Bengal|
17 June 1973 |
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 73 (24 August 1998)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1997, 2000)|
|French Open||2R (1997)|
|US Open||3R (1997)|
|Olympic Games||Bronze Medal (1996)|
|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)|
|US Open||W (2006, 2009, 2013)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||F (1997, 1999, 2000, 2005)|
|Olympic Games||SF – 4th (2004)|
|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)|
|Davis Cup||SF (1993)|
Last updated on: 9 September 2013
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. He is the sports ambassador of the Indian state of Haryana.
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 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. In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of Olympic Gold Quest, a foundation co-founded by Geet Sethi and Prakash Padukone to support talented athletes from India in winning Olympic medals. 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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Playing Style
- 4 Acting career
- 5 Major finals
- 6 ATP career finals
- 7 Grand Slam performance
- 8 Singles performance timeline
- 9 Doubles performance timeline
- 10 Partnerships
- 11 Partnership with Mahesh Bhupathi
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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. 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. 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.
In 2013, there were reports that Leander Paes and Rhea were headed for a divorce. 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.
Early career (1991–1997)
Paes first won titles at the Junior US Open and the Junior Wimbledon and he turned professional in 1991. He rose to the number 1 in the world in the junior rankings. In 1992, he reached the quarter finals of the doubles event in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with Ramesh Krishnan.
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. Paes cited the match as one of his greatest performances on the court, in part because his wrist was severely injured. He was awarded the highest sporting honour by the government of India, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1996. 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.
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. 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. 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. Paes was given the honour of carrying the Indian Flag at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. 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. The duo of Paes and Bhupathi won the gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan. In 2002, Leander paired up with Michael Hill for a number of tournaments, with moderate success.
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. 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). Paes maintained his doubles ranking in the top 20 in the world between 2005 and 2007. With wins in the Rotterdam and Indian Wells, Paes took his doubles tally to 38.
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, who went on to win the men's doubles gold medal. Later in 2008, with Cara Black, he won the 2008 US Open mixed doubles title.
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 on 7 July 2012. but they lost on the final to Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan 3–6, 7–5, 4–6.
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. However the duo lost in the final of US Open 2012 to the Bryan brothers.
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. They made it to the semifinals, where they were eliminated by eventual runners-up Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.
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. In January 2014, Government of India announced its 3rd Highest Civilian Award Padma Bhushan for Paes.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Leander is regarded as having a strange playing style. He varies his play as the match goes on; he is one of the best volleyers and a talented dropshotter. His strategy at net play is worthy of study by budding tennis players, and makes him one of the greatest interceptors in the game. His volleying techniques were learned by Former Indian Player Akhtar Ali. 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.
|2013||Rajdhani Express||Keshav||Debut film|
Singles: 1 (1 bronze medal)
- Bronze medal final
|Bronze||1996||Atlanta||Hard||Fernando Meligeni||3–6, 6–2, 6–4|
|4th place||2004||Athens||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Mario Ančić
|6–7(5–7), 6–4, 14–16|
ATP career finals
Singles: 1 (1–0)
|Grand Slam (0–0)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)|
|ATP Masters Series (0–0)|
|ATP Tour (1–0)|
|Winner||1.||6 July 1998||Newport, US||Grass||Neville Godwin||6–3, 6–2|
Doubles: 89 (53–36)
|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)|
|Runner-up||1.||20 August 1995||New Haven, US||Hard||Nicolás Pereira|| Rick Leach
|3–6, 7–5, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||7 April 1997||Chennai, India||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Oleg Ogorodov
|Winner||2.||28 April 1997||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Petr Luxa
|Winner||3.||28 July 1997||Montreal, Canada||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Sébastien Lareau
|Winner||4.||11 August 1997||New Haven, US||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Sébastien Lareau
|6–4, 6–7, 6–2|
|Winner||5.||29 September 1997||Beijing, China||Hard (i)||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Alex O'Brien
|Winner||6.||6 October 1997||Singapore, Singapore||Carpet (i)||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Rick Leach
|Runner-up||2.||23 November 1997||Hartford, US||Carpet||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Rick Leach
|3–6, 4–6, 6–7|
|Winner||7.||5 January 1998||Doha, Qatar||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Olivier Delaître
|6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|Winner||8.||9 February 1998||Dubai, UAE||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Donald Johnson
|Winner||9.||6 April 1998||Chennai, India (2)||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Olivier Delaître
|6–7, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||10.||11 May 1998||Rome, Italy||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Ellis Ferreira
|6–4, 4–6, 7–6|
|Winner||11.||5 October 1998||Shanghai, China||Carpet (i)||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Todd Woodbridge
|6–4, 6–7, 7–6|
|Runner-up||3.||19 October 1998||Singapore, Singapore||Carpet||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Todd Woodbridge
|Runner-up||4.||2 November 1998||Stuttgart, Germany||Hard (i)||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Sébastien Lareau
|3–6, 6–3, 5–7|
|Winner||12.||9 November 1998||Paris, France||Carpet (i)||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Jacco Eltingh
|Runner-up||5.||1 February 1999||Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Jonas Björkman
|3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6, 4–6|
|Winner||13.||5 April 1999||Chennai, India (3)||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Wayne Black
|4–6, 7–5, 6–4|
|Winner||14.||24 May 1999||Paris, France||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Goran Ivanišević
|Winner||15.||14 June 1999||'s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Jan Siemerink|| Ellis Ferreira
|Winner||16.||21 June 1999||London, UK||Grass||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Paul Haarhuis
|6–7, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6|
|Winner||17.||5 July 1999||Newport, US||Grass||Wayne Arthurs|| Sargis Sargsian
|6–7, 7–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||6.||22 August 1999||Indianapolis, US||Hard||Olivier Delaître|| Paul Haarhuis
|Runner-up||7.||13 September 1999||New York, US||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Sébastien Lareau
|Runner-up||8.||15 November 1999||Hartford, US||Carpet||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Sébastien Lareau
|3–6, 2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||18.||1 May 2000||Orlando, US||Clay||Jan Siemerink|| Justin Gimelstob
|Winner||19.||9 October 2000||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Michael Hill
|6–4, 6–7, 6–3|
|Runner-up||9.||17 December 2000||Bangalore, India||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Donald Johnson
|6–7, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||20.||23 April 2001||Atlanta, US||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Rick Leach
|Winner||21.||30 April 2001||Houston, US (2)||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Kevin Kim
|Winner||22.||28 May 2001||Paris, France (2)||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Petr Pála
|Winner||23.||6 August 2001||Cincinnati, US||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Martin Damm
|Runner-up||10.||29 October 2001||Basel, Switzerland||Carpet||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Ellis Ferreira
|Runner-up||11.||5 November 2001||Paris, France||Carpet||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Ellis Ferreira
|6–3, 4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||24.||31 December 2001||Chennai, India (4)||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Tomáš Cibulec
|5–7, 6–2, 7–5|
|Winner||25.||29 April 2002||Majorca, Spain||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Julian Knowle
|Winner||26.||24 February 2003||Dubai, UAE (2)||Hard||David Rikl|| Wayne Black
|Winner||27.||3 March 2003||Delray Beach, US||Hard||Nenad Zimonjić|| Raemon Sluiter
|7–5, 3–6, 7–5|
|Runner-up||12.||6 April 2003||Miami, US||Hard||David Rikl|| Roger Federer
|Runner-up||13.||22 June 2003||s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Donald Johnson|| Martin Damm
|Winner||28.||7 July 2003||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||David Rikl|| František Čermák
|Runner-up||14.||29 February 2004||Dubai, UAE||Hard||Jonas Björkman|| Mahesh Bhupathi
|2–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Winner||29.||7 June 2004||Halle, Germany||Grass||David Rikl|| Tomáš Cibulec
|Winner||30.||5 July 2004||Gstaad, Switzerland (2)||Clay||David Rikl|| Marc Rosset
|Winner||31.||26 July 2004||Toronto, Canada (2)||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Jonas Björkman
|Runner-up||15.||12 September 2004||New York, US||Hard||David Rikl|| Mark Knowles
|Winner||32.||13 September 2004||Delray Beach, US (2)||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Gastón Etlis
|Winner||33.||11 April 2005||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||Nenad Zimonjić|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||34.||18 April 2005||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Nenad Zimonjić|| Feliciano López
|Winner||35.||26 September 2005||Bangkok, Thailand||Hard (i)||Paul Hanley|| Jonathan Erlich
|6–7, 6–1, 6–2|
|Runner-up||16.||16 October 2005||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Nenad Zimonjić|| Wayne Arthurs
|Runner-up||17.||23 October 2005||Madrid, Spain||Hard (i)||Nenad Zimonjić|| Mark Knowles
|6–3, 3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||18.||13 November 2005||Shanghai, China||Carpet (i)||Nenad Zimonjić|| Michaël Llodra
|7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||19.||29 January 2006||Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Martin Damm|| Bob Bryan
|6–4, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||36.||19 June 2006||'s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (2)||Grass||Martin Damm|| Arnaud Clément
|Winner||37.||28 August 2006||New York, US||Hard||Martin Damm|| Jonas Björkman
|6–7, 6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||20.||7 January 2007||Doha, Qatar||Hard||Martin Damm|| Mikhail Youzhny
|Winner||38.||19 February 2007||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Hard (i)||Martin Damm|| Andrei Pavel
|6–3, 6–7, [10–7]|
|Winner||39.||5 March 2007||Indian Wells, US||Hard||Martin Damm|| Jonathan Erlich
|Runner-up||21.||1 April 2007||Miami, US||Hard||Martin Damm|| Bob Bryan
|6–7, 6–3, [7–10]|
|Runner-up||22.||23 June 2007||'s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Martin Damm|| Jeff Coetzee
|6–3, 6–7, [10–12]|
|Runner-up||23.||9 June 2008||Halle, Germany||Grass||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Mikhail Youzhny
|6–3, 4–6, [3–10]|
|Runner-up||24.||15 June 2008||s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Mario Ančić
|Runner-up||25.||25 August 2008||New York, US||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||40.||21 September 2008||Bangkok, Thailand (2)||Hard (i)||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Scott Lipsky
|Runner-up||26.||29 September 2008||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Mikhail Youzhny
|Runner-up||27.||18 January 2009||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Scott Lipsky|| Martin Damm
|Runner-up||28.||15 February 2009||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Daniel Nestor
|Winner||41.||6 June 2009||Paris, France (3)||Clay||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Wesley Moodie
|3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||42.||13 September 2009||New York, US (2)||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Mahesh Bhupathi
|3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||29.||10 January 2010||Brisbane, Australia||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Jérémy Chardy
|Runner-up||30.||27 February 2010||Dubai, UAE||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Simon Aspelin
|Winner||43.||3 April 2010||Miami, US||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Mahesh Bhupathi
|Runner-up||31.||5 June 2010||Paris, France||Clay||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Daniel Nestor
|Runner-up||32.||19 June 2010||s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Robert Lindstedt
|6–1, 5–7, [7–10]|
|Winner||44.||17 October 2010||Shanghai, China||Hard||Jürgen Melzer|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|7–5, 4–6, [10–5]|
|Winner||45.||9 January 2011||Chennai, India (5)||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Robin Haase
|6–2, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]|
|Runner-up||33.||29 January 2011||Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||46.||2 April 2011||Miami, US (2)||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Max Mirnyi
|6–7(5–7), 6–2, [10–5]|
|Runner-up||34.||12 June 2011||London, UK||Grass||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Bob Bryan
|7–6(7–2), 6–7(4–7), [6–10]|
|Winner||47.||21 August 2011||Cincinnati, US||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Michaël Llodra
|Winner||48.||8 January 2012||Chennai, India (6)||Hard||Janko Tipsarević|| Andy Ram
|Winner||49.||28 January 2012||Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||50.||31 March 2012||Miami, US (3)||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Max Mirnyi
|3–6, 6–1, [10–8]|
|Runner-up||35.||8 September 2012||New York, US||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Bob Bryan
|6–3, 3–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||36.||7 October 2012||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Alexander Peya
|Winner||51.||14 October 2012||Shanghai, China (2)||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Mahesh Bhupathi
|6–7(7–9), 6–3, [10–5]|
|Winner||52.||24 August 2013||Winston-Salem, US||Hard||Daniel Nestor|| Treat Conrad Huey
|Winner||53.||8 September 2013||New York, US||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Alexander Peya
Grand Slam performance
Men's doubles: 16 (8–8)
By winning the 2012 Australian Open title, Paes achieved the career Grand Slam.
|Runner-up||1999||Australian Open||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Jonas Björkman
|3–6, 6–4, 4–6, 7–6(12–10), 4–6|
|Winner||1999||French Open||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Goran Ivanišević
|Winner||1999||Wimbledon||Grass||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Paul Haarhuis
|6–7(10–12), 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||1999||US Open||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Sébastien Lareau
|Winner||2001||French Open (2)||Clay||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Petr Pála
|Runner-up||2004||US Open||Hard||David Rikl|| Mark Knowles
|Runner-up||2006||Australian Open||Hard||Martin Damm|| Bob Bryan
|6–4, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||2006||US Open||Hard||Martin Damm|| Jonas Björkman
|6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–3|
|Runner-up||2008||US Open||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||2009||French Open (3)||Clay||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Wesley Moodie
|3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||2009||US Open (2)||Hard||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Mahesh Bhupathi
|3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2010||French Open||Clay||Lukáš Dlouhý|| Nenad Zimonjić
|Runner-up||2011||Australian Open||Hard||Mahesh Bhupathi|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||2012||Australian Open||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Bob Bryan
|Runner-up||2012||US Open||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Bob Bryan
|Winner||2013||US Open (3)||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Alexander Peya
Mixed doubles: 14 (6–8)
|Winner||1999||Wimbledon||Grass||Lisa Raymond|| Anna Kournikova
|6–4, 3–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||2001||US Open||Hard||Lisa Raymond|| Rennae Stubbs
|6–4, 5–7, [11–9]|
|Winner||2003||Australian Open||Hard||Martina Navrátilová|| Eleni Daniilidou
|Winner||2003||Wimbledon (2)||Grass||Martina Navrátilová|| Anastassia Rodionova
|Runner-up||2004||Australian Open||Hard||Martina Navrátilová|| Elena Bovina
|Runner-up||2005||French Open||Clay||Martina Navrátilová|| Daniela Hantuchová
|3–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2007||US Open||Hard||Meghann Shaughnessy|| Victoria Azarenka
|Winner||2008||US Open||Hard||Cara Black|| Liezel Huber
|Runner-up||2009||Wimbledon||Grass||Cara Black|| Anna-Lena Grönefeld
|Runner-up||2009||US Open||Hard||Cara Black|| Carly Gullickson
|Winner||2010||Australian Open (2)||Hard||Cara Black|| Ekaterina Makarova
|Winner||2010||Wimbledon (3)||Grass||Cara Black|| Lisa Raymond
|Runner-up||2012||Australian Open||Hard||Elena Vesnina|| Bethanie Mattek-Sands
|3–6, 7–5, [3–10]|
|Runner-up||2012||Wimbledon||Grass||Elena Vesnina|| Lisa Raymond
|3–6, 7–5, 4–6|
Singles performance timeline
|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
|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||NH||QF||Not Held||2R||Not Held||2R||Not Held||4th||Not Held||QF||Not Held||2R||NH||0 / 6||10–6|
|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|
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
|2||Ramesh Krishnan||1991 1992 1993|
|8||Kevin Ullyett||1992 1995 1997|
|10||Todd Nelson||1992 1993|
|11||Gilad Bloom||1992 1994|
|12||Donald Johnson||1992 1993 1994 1996 2003|
|16||Byron Black||1993 2000|
|17||Laurence Tieleman||1993 1995|
|21||Wayne Arthurs||1993 1999 2000|
|22||Sébastien Lareau||1993 1994 2000|
|25||Johan De Beer||1993|
|29||Gaurav Natekar||1994 1995|
|33||Daniel Nestor||1994 2013|
|36||Mahesh Bhupathi||1994–2006 2008 2009–2011|
|46||Nicolás Pereira||1995 1996|
|52||Chris Haggard||1996 2000|
|59||Jan Siemerink||1999 2000|
|60||Jonas Björkman||1999 2004|
|65||Vishal Uppal||2000 2002|
|67||John-Laffnie de Jager||2002|
|69||Tomáš Cibulec||2002 2004|
|70||Michaël Llodra||2002 2013|
|73||David Rikl||2002 2003 2004|
|74||Nenad Zimonjić||2003 2005|
|77||Radek Štěpánek||2004 2006 2012 2013 2014|
|78||Paul Hanley||2005 2007 2008|
|79||Martin Damm||2006 2007|
|82||Rohan Bopanna||2007 2012|
|84||Lukáš Dlouhý||2008 2009 2010|
|85||Scott Lipsky||2009 2012|
|86||Jürgen Melzer||2010 2012 2013|
Partners in Mixed doubles
|1||Yayuk Basuki||1994 1995|
|7||Lisa Raymond||1999 2000 2001 2002|
|9||Martina Navratilova||2002 2003 2004 2005|
|12||Samantha Stosur||2006 2007|
|17||Cara Black||2008 2009 2010 2011|
|19||Elena Vesnina||2011 2012 2013|
|20||Sania Mirza||2012 (Olympics)|
- 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.
India – Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Other events
Partnership with 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. 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. He once stated in an interview that although he and Bhupathi are friends, he did not consider pairing with his former teammate. However, for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, they decided to play together for their country, and lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.
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.
The Indian duo has a 303–103 career record together. They have a higher success rate against various top teams. They have a Davis Cup record of longest winning streak in doubles, with 23 straight wins.
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. Paes threatened to withdraw from the Olympics rather than play with Vardhan, whose world ranking was 296, but withdrew the threat a week later. 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.
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