New Delhi: The Indian tennis ace, Leander Adrian Paes celebrates his 39th birthday today. He is an Indian professional tennis player who currently features in the doubles events in the ATP tour and the Davis Cup tournament.

Paes is one of the most successful professional Indian tennis players and also the former captain of the Indian tennis team. He has won various doubles and mixed doubles events at the Tennis Grand Slam events.

He is also the recipient of India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1996–1997 and the Padmashri award in 2001 for his contribution to Tennis in India.

Leander Paes is known for changing partnerships and experimenting with it. He has  played with as many as 87 Men's Doubles partners in his career, which itself is an all-time record.

Apart from his eight Grand Slam victories at 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. Also, he achieved the rare Men's Doubles/Mixed Doubles double in the 1999 Wimbledon.


Country: India
Birth Date: 17 June 1973
Birth Place: Calcutta, India
Residence: Mumbai, India
Height: 1.78 metres (5 ft. 10 in.)
Weight: 77.7 kg (171 lbs.)
Plays: Right Hand (one-handed backhand)
Year turned pro: 1991
Career prize money: USD 6,859,327

Doubles Career record: 606–313
Doubles Career titles: 50
Current Doubles ranking: No. 7

Singles titles: 1
Men's doubles titles:
50, 43 runners-up and 170 semi-finals

Doubles Grand Slam Results: 7 Titles and 7 runners-up
Australian Open: Won in 2012
French Open: Won in 1999, 2001 and 2009
Wimbledon Championship: Won in 1999
US Open: Won in 2006 and 2009

Mixed Doubles Grand Slam Results: 6 Titles and 7 runners-up
Australian Open: Won in 2003 and 2010
French Open: Runners-up in 2005
Wimbledon Championship: Won in 1999, 2003 and 2010
US Open: Won in 2008


Leander Adrian Paes was born on 17 June 1973, in Calcutta. Belonging to the Goan Catholic community in Calcutta, his parents - father Vece Paes and mother Jennifer Paes were sportspersons.Vece was a midfielder in the Indian field hockey team, while Jennifer was a basketball player.

Leander Paes attended La Martiniere School and graduated from St. Xavier's College in Calcutta. Thereafter, he was enrolled into the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy in Madras in 1985, where he was given training by Coach Dave O'Meara. Paes sharpened his skills in tennis by practicing at the Academy.

Leander Paes’ career Performance since 1996:

2011: Paes reunited with Bhupathi for 1st time in 10 years, capturing 3 titles in 5 finals. They both won title on home soil in Chennai for 1st title together since Toronto in 2004 and followed with runner-up at Australian Open in first Grand Slam final since winning title at Roland Garros in 2001. In Grand Slam play, compiled a 10-4 mark and finished with QF at US Open.

2010: The veteran Indian won a title for 14th straight season and qualified with Dlouhy for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for third consecutive year. Won in Miami and reached four other finals, including Roland Garros, Runner-up in Brisbane, Dubai and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Won a title in Shanghai with Melzer, in first-time pairing.

2009: The Indian teamed with Dlouhy to win two Grand Slam titles. In 16 tournaments, they advanced to SF or better five times. Won at Roland Garros and US Open. Finalists in Rotterdam, SF at Australian Open, Monte Carlo, finished No. 4 in ATP Team Rankings and No. 8 individually.

2008: Paes improved his ATP Doubles Ranking to year-end No. 10 and captured his 40th ATP doubles title. Played first nine events with Australian Paul Hanley. Joined forces with Czech Lukas Dlouhy at Roland Garros.
Reached finals in Halle and 's-Hertogenbosch. Made SF at Wimbledon and AMS Toronto. Reached ninth career Slam final at US Open. Clinched 40th title in Bangkok. Reached final in Tokyo. Finished No. 8 in ATP Doubles Race (25-13 together) and qualified for Tennis Masters Cup.

2007: Finished at No. 6 in ATP Doubles race with two titles. Rotterdam, AMS Indian Wells with Damm. Qualified for Tennis Masters Cup and reached SF for second straight year.

2006: Won fourth Grand Slam crown at US Open withDamm along with title at 's-Hertogenbosch. Also reached Australian Open final, and finished No. 6 in Doubles Race.

2005: Won two titles in five finals and finished No. 6 in ATP Doubles Race with Zimonjic). Runner-up at Tennis Masters Cup.

2004: Won four titles and reached two finals. Advanced to SF at Athens Olympics with Bhupathi.

2003: Won three titles in five finals. Finished No. 7 in ATP Doubles Race with two titles with Rikl. Missed final four months with a non-malignant brain lesion.

2002: Won two titles with Bhupathi.

2001: Won four titles, including Roland Garros, to finish No. 4 with Bhupathi. Posted a 5-1 singles record in Davis Cup, 3-0 in doubles.

2000: Won two titles and was runner-up at ATP World Doubles Championship in Bangalore with Bhupathi). Tore tendon in right wrist at Roland Garros and missed three months.

1999: Won three titles, including Roland Garros and Wimbledon with Bhupathi. First team to reach finals of all four Slams in same year since 1952. Finished as No. 1 ranked team and No. 1 individually.

1998: First Indian to finish in singles Top 100 and win a title since Krishan in 1990. Won Newport singles title and six doubles titles with Bhupathi.

1997: Won six titles with Bhupathi. Earned a career-high USD 888,240.

1996: Won singles bronze medal in Atlanta Olympics, first medal for India since 1980 and first individual medal since 1952.


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