"It's been a phenomenal year for Indian tennis. For myself and Sania (Mirza) as well. She's no 1 in the world and the first Indian and Asian woman to do that. I think that is paving the way for other Indian girls to go and see if Sania can go out there and conquer the world through her hard work and belief, others can do that as well. She gives them belief,” said Paes.                  

"It goes back to what Mahesh (Bhupathi) and I did it in the 90s. When we got into four Grand Slam finals and won two, we paved the way for youngsters to believe that they can be number one as well," he added.                              

He also lavished praise on Rohan Bopanna for getting to finale of season-ending ATP world Tour to return to top 10 in rankings.                       

Martina Navratilova (L) and Leander Paes during an exhibition match
"It's his second final. Seniors on tour have done a great job. We don't have that much of void in between. We're not that far off until we have few others who can come off and carry the mantle as well," Paes said on the sidelines of Tennis Masters Kolkata leg.

Latest News from Sports News Desk