Leander Paes, one of the most successful Indian tennis players of India, was born on June 17, 1973. He is one of the greatest doubles and mixed-doubles players in the world and is the only Indian tennis player who has won a medal in the Olympics.
Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about Leander Paes: The most successful tennis player of India
1. Leander Paes was born to Jennifer Paes and Vace Paes. His father Vace Paes was a professional hockey player and was part of 1972 Olympics Indian Hockey team and his mother Jennifer Paes was a part of the Indian Basketball team.
2. He attended the La Martiniere Calcutta as well as the University of Calcutta when he went on to attend the St. Xavier’s College. Leander received his professional training from Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy in Chennai (then Madras) in 1985 under the coaching of Dave O’Meara.
3. He was only 17 when he won the Wimbledon junior title in 1990 and in the same year went on to become the top-ranked junior of the world.
4. In 2010, he became the first male tennis player since Rod Laver to win Wimbledon championships in three different decades.
5. In the year 1999, Leander Paes was ranked the number one doubles players in the world.
6. His Olympic appearances from 1992 to 2012 made him the first Indian and only tennis player to compete in six consecutive Olympic games.
7. He the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title at the age of 41.
8. He was made sports Ambassador for Haryana state in 2012.
9. Leander Paes was honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1996-97, Arjuna award in 1990 and the Padma Shri in 2001 for his contribution to the game of tennis.
10. Paes made his Bollywood debut in Ashok Kohli’s “Rajdhani Express”.