|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
17 June 1973 |
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
|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||SF (1996)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (21 June 1999)|
|Current ranking||No. 59 (28 November 2016)|
|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, 2015)|
|French Open||W (2016)|
|Wimbledon||W (1999, 2003, 2010, 2015)|
|US Open||W (2008, 2015)|
|Other mixed doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||QF (2012)|
|Davis Cup||SF (1993)|
Last updated on: 28 November 2016
Signature of Leander Paes.
Leander Adrian Paes (born 17 June 1973) is an Indian professional tennis player who is considered to be one of the best doubles and mixed doubles players of all time, having achieved a career Grand Slam in each discipline.
He has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, and is the oldest man to have won a Grand Slam title. He holds a career Grand Slam in men's doubles and mixed doubles, and achieved the rare men's doubles/mixed doubles double at the 1999 Wimbledon tournament. His mixed doubles Wimbledon title in 2010 made him the second man (after Rod Laver) to win Wimbledon titles in three decades.
One of the most successful professional Indian tennis players, he has received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India's highest sporting honour, in 1996–97; the Arjuna Award in 1990; the Padma Shri award in 2001 and its 3rd Highest Civilian Award the Padma Bhushan in January 2014 for his outstanding contribution to tennis in India.
He won a bronze medal for India in singles in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He competed in consecutive Olympic appearances from 1992 to 2016, making him the first Indian and only tennis player to compete at seven Olympic Games.
He also plays in World TeamTennis for the Washington Kastles, being on the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 championship teams and 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 - 18 Titles (8 Mens Doubles & 10 Mixed Doubles)
- 8 Singles performance timeline
- 9 Doubles performance timeline
- 10 Mixed Doubles performance timeline
- 11 Partnerships
- 12 Partnership with Mahesh Bhupathi
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Leander was born in Calcutta, India, on 17 June 1973 to Vece Paes, a Goan, and, Jennifer Paes, from Calcutta. 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.
Paes is a direct descendant of the great 19th century Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta through his mother. Paes had a live-in-relationship with Rhea Pillai in 2005. The couple has a daughter, Aiyana. She has filed a case against Paes and his father alleging domestic violence in June 2014 at a local metropolitan court.
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 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. That year he also made his best singles performance in a Grand Slam, getting to the third round of the 1997 US Open, beating Carlos Costa and Arnaud Boetsch before losing to Cédric Pioline.
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 his only ATP singles title at Newport, and the second was beating Pete Sampras, 6–3, 6–4, at the New Haven ATP tournament in their only meeting throughout the career. 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 Navratilova, both in 2003. Weeks after the win at Wimbledon, Paes was admitted to the MD Anderson Cancer Center 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 Štěpánek 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.
Paes won the 2014 Malaysian Open men's doubles with Marcin Matkowski.
Paes started his 25th season on the ATP World Tour by partnering Klaasen to the Chennai final, where the team lost to Lu/Marray. On 17 January, he won his 55th tour-level title in his 93rd final at Auckland, again with Klaasen. The team recorded three match tie break victories en route to the final. With the win, Paes has won at least one trophy every season since 1997.
On 1 February, Paes captured his seventh Grand Slam mixed doubles crown at the 2015 Australian Open with Martina Hingis. It was his 15th major crown overall and his third mixed doubles triumph at Melbourne Park. The pair beat defending champions Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic in the final. As No. 7 seed with Klaasen in men's doubles, Paes lost to eventual champions Bolelli/Fognini in the second round.
At the 2015 French Open, Paes started a new partnership with Daniel Nestor. The pair crashed out in the third round; however Paes became just the seventh male player in Open Era to complete 700 match wins in Doubles.
At Wimbledon 2015, Paes teamed up with Martina Hingis to win the mixed doubles championship. The final with a 6–1, 6–1 score against fifth seeds Alexander Peya and Tímea Babos lasted only 41 minutes. In men's doubles, Paes and Nestor reached the third round. By winning his 4th Wimbledon mixed doubles title, Paes now shares the record for most such titles won in the gentlemen's section in the open era with Owen Davidson.[better source needed]
On June 3, 2016, Paes completed his Career Grand Slam in mixed doubles tennis by winning the 2016 French Open with Martina Hingis, thus joining an elite league of players to do so. He also broke Owen Davidson's record for most such titles in gentlemen's section. Paes qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Men's Doubles, and partnered with Rohan Bopanna. They lost in the first round to the Polish pair of Marcin Matkowski and Łukasz Kubot. He later paired up with Andre Begemann, where they reached the final in the Winston-Salem Open. This pair lost in the first round of 2016 US Open. He turned up for the Davis cup against Spain with Saketh Myneni and this pair lost to Rafael Nadal and Marc López in 4 sets.
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 89–32 overall, as of July 2015. 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 beat No. 25 Arnaud Boetsch on clay (not his best surface) in straight sets in the Davis Cup. He also defeated Henri Leconte in that same week and even though Ramesh Krishnan closed the tie out by beating Rodolphe Gilbert in a thrilling five-setter, the architect of that victory was Paes. Even as his career as a singles player on the ATP circuit floundered, Paes would always find a way to do the trick for India in Davis Cup.
In 1994, ranked No 143, he lost in the first round of a Challenger to No 208 Louis Gloria. Four weeks later, he conjured up a miracle of sorts to destroy World No. 13 Wayne Ferreira in straight sets in the Davis Cup.
In 1995, ranked No 130, he managed to beat Croatia's World No 7 Goran Ivanišević (1992 and 1994 Wimbledon singles finalist) in a controversial five-setter on grass. Jan Siemerink, in 1996, then ranked No. 20, also fell to Paes' Davis Cup inspired play. As did Czech Jiří Novák.
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 has been described as having a strange playing style by Andre Agassi. He varies his play as the match goes on; he is one of the best volleyers and a talented dropshotter. His volleying techniques were learnt from former Indian player Akhtar Ali.
|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: 96 (55 titles, 41 runners-up)
|Grand Slam (8–8)|
|ATP World Tour Finals (0–4)|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (13–5)|
|ATP World Tour 500 Series (6–9)|
|ATP World Tour 250 Series (28–15)|
|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 Huey
|Winner||53.||8 September 2013||New York, US||Hard||Radek Štěpánek|| Alexander Peya
|Runner-up||37.||3 August 2014||Washington, D.C., United States||Hard||Samuel Groth|| Jean-Julien Rojer
|Winner||54.||27 September 2014||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard (i)||Marcin Matkowski|| Jamie Murray
|3–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–5]|
|Runner-up||38.||11 January 2015||Chennai, India||Hard||Raven Klaasen|| Lu Yen-hsun
|Winner||55.||17 January 2015||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||Raven Klaasen|| Dominic Inglot
|Runner-up||39.||22 February 2015||Delray Beach, US||Hard||Raven Klaasen|| Bob Bryan
|3–6, 6–3, [6–10]|
|Runner-up||40.||27 August 2016||Winston-Salem, US||Hard||Andre Begemann|| Guillermo García-López
|6–4, 6–7(6–8), [8–10]|
|Runner-up||41.||25 September 2016||St. Petersburg, Russia||Hard (i)||Andre Begemann|| Dominic Inglot
|6–4, 3–6, [10–12]|
Grand Slam performance - 18 Titles (8 Mens Doubles & 10 Mixed Doubles)
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: 18 (10–8)
|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 Navratilova|| Eleni Daniilidou
|Winner||2003||Wimbledon (2)||Grass||Martina Navratilova|| Anastassia Rodionova
|Runner-up||2004||Australian Open||Hard||Martina Navratilova|| Elena Bovina
|Runner-up||2005||French Open||Clay||Martina Navratilova|| 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|
|Winner||2015||Australian Open (3)||Hard||Martina Hingis|| Kristina Mladenovic
|Winner||2015||Wimbledon (4)||Grass||Martina Hingis|| Tímea Babos
|Winner||2015||US Open (2)||Hard||Martina Hingis|| Bethanie Mattek-Sands
|6–4, 3–6, [10–7]|
|Winner||2016||French Open||Clay||Martina Hingis|| Sania Mirza
|4–6, 6–4, [10–8]|
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
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||2R||QF||A||1R||SF||F||1R||1R||2R||QF||1R||A||F||3R||2R||SF||QF||F||W||1R||QF||2R||1R||1 / 21||47–20|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||SF||W||1R||W||SF||SF||2R||QF||1R||2R||3R||W||F||2R||2R||2R||A||3R||QF||3 / 19||51–16|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||1R||3R||A||2R||1R||2R||W||A||1R||1R||SF||2R||QF||SF||QF||SF||1R||2R||2R||3R||SF||SF||3R||2R||1 / 22||44–21|
|US Open||A||A||A||SF||2R||1R||A||SF||SF||F||1R||1R||2R||A||F||1R||W||1R||F||W||1R||QF||F||W||3R||2R||1R||3 / 22||58–19|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||4–2||4–3||3–2||1–1||5–4||13–4||22–2||0–3||6–3||6–4||11–3||7–4||6–3||15–3||6–4||12–4||16–2||9–4||10–4||14–3||11–3||9–3||6–4||4–4||8 / 84||200–76|
|Year End Championships|
|World Tour Finals||Did Not Qualify||F||RR||F||F||RR||NH||A||DNQ||F||SF||SF||RR||RR||RR||SF||SF||RR||Did Not Qualify||0 / 14||20–29|
|Summer Olympics||NH||QF||Not Held||2R||Not Held||2R||Not Held||4th||Not Held||QF||Not Held||2R||Not Held||1R||0 / 7||10–8|
|Davis Cup||Z1||PO||PO||SF||1R||PO||QF||1R||1R||Z1||PO||PO||PO||PO||Z1||PO||Z1||Z1||PO||PO||1R||A||Z1||Z1||PO||PO||PO||0 / 6||42–12|
|Win–Loss||1–1||4–0||4–1||1–2||0–2||3–0||1–3||2–0||1–0||2–0||2–2||3–0||2–1||2–0||5–2||3–0||2–0||2–0||4–1||1–0||2–0||0–0||1–2||2–0||1–0||0–1||1–2||0 / 13||52–20|
|Indian Wells||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||SF||2R||1R||1R||SF||1R||QF||2R||W||QF||2R||1R||2R||QF||A||QF||2R||A||1 / 18||22–17|
|Miami||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||2R||2R||2R||2R||2R||A||2R||F||QF||1R||A||F||QF||2R||W||W||W||2R||1R||1R||A||3 / 20||33–17|
|Monte Carlo||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||2R||A||SF||1R||2R||A||W||2R||A||2R||SF||2R||A||QF||QF||A||2R||A||1 / 13||14–12|
|Rome||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||W||A||A||A||1R||1R||2R||2R||QF||2R||SF||2R||QF||QF||2R||2R||2R||A||2R||A||1 / 15||10–14|
|Madrid (Stuttgart)||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||F||A||A||QF||2R||A||1R||F||1R||2R||2R||A||SF||A||QF||2R||A||2R||A||0 / 13||11–13|
|Canada||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||W||SF||QF||A||1R||QF||QF||W||2R||SF||QF||SF||A||2R||2R||SF||2R||2R||2R||A||2 / 17||21–15|
|Cincinnati||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||QF||A||2R||A||W||1R||2R||QF||QF||SF||SF||QF||2R||2R||W||2R||QF||2R||QF||A||2 / 18||20–16|
|Shanghai||Not Held||A||W||SF||W||2R||2R||2R||A||2 / 6||12–4|
|Paris||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||W||A||A||F||2R||1R||1R||A||1R||2R||A||2R||QF||2R||2R||2R||QF||1R||A||1 / 15||11–14|
|Hamburg||A||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||0–0||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||14–7||4–8||5–6||5–9||0–0||13 / 142||165–128|
|Titles / Finals||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 0||6 / 7||6 / 8||5 / 9||2 / 3||4 / 6||2 / 2||3 / 5||4 / 6||3 / 6||2 / 3||2 / 5||1 / 5||2 / 4||2 / 6||3 / 5||4 / 6||2 / 2||1 / 2||1 / 3||0 / 2||55 / 96|
Mixed Doubles performance timeline
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||1R||1R||2R||2R||W||F||A||SF||QF||2R||2R||W||2R||F||2R||QF||W||QF||3 / 17|
|French Open||A||A||A||3R||2R||QF||3R||QF||2R||2R||2R||F||QF||QF||1R||2R||QF||QF||SF||2R||A||2R||W||1 / 19|
|Wimbledon||3R||A||1R||QF||QF||W||A||3R||QF||W||3R||A||QF||QF||2R||F||W||QF||F||2R||2R||W||3R||4 / 20|
|US Open||A||1R||A||1R||1R||2R||1R||F||2R||A||SF||QF||1R||F||W||F||QF||SF||QF||A||QF||W||2R||2 / 18|
|SR||0/1||0/1||0/1||0/3||0/3||1/4||0/3||0/4||0/4||2/3||0/4||0/2||0/4||0/4||1/4||0/4||2/4||0/4||0/4||0/3||0/3||3/4||1/4||10 / 74|
Leander Paes is known for changing partnerships and he has had 100 different partners over his career. Paes has also teamed with 23 players in Grandslam Mixed Doubles. He's currently playing with Martina Hingis in Mixed Doubles.
Partners in Men's doubles
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
Champions Tennis League
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 24 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.
Davis Cup Record
The Duo has the longest doubles streak in Davis Cup History.
(24 consecutive wins, total 25–2)
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