My next aim is an Olympic medal in doubles: Paes

Last Updated: Feb 03, 2012, 21:44 PM IST

Mumbai: After completing his career Grand Slam, India`s veteran tennis star Leander Paes is aiming to win his second Olympic medal in the doubles event of the London Olympics later this year.

"My next aim is an Olympic medal in doubles. It would be the epitome of my career. I want to win the medal for my flag and my people," said Paes, who had won a singles bronze medal at Atlanta Olympics.

Paes won the Australian Open men`s doubles trophy with Radek Stepanek and ended runners-up in the mixed doubles event with Elena Vesnina.

Talking about his split with Mahesh Bhupathi, Paes said it was imperative for both of them.

"Mahesh and I split because we both needed younger legs to play with with. I hadn`t won a single Grand Slam last year, and I was desperate to win one. It wasn`t happening with Mahesh," said 38-year-old after returning home from Melbourne.

Paes said he also wants to complete a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.

PTI