US Open 2013: Leander Paes - Man of the moment

Zee Media Bureau/ Manushree Chaumal

New York: No amount of controversy can deter Leander Paes. A true athlete in his own right, the most famous tennis player from India has done it yet again. With Czech partner Radek Stepanek, he won the US Open 2013 men’s doubles crown.

At 40, Leander Paes has become the oldest man to win a major title. Paes now boasts of 14 grand slam titles (8 men’s doubles and 6 mixed doubles).

His long journey in the tennis arena has been topsy-turvy and inspirational. This is the same Leander who fought back Neurocysticercosis. Words fall short in praise of this man.

It all began for young Leander, when at 18 he became the World No. 1 in junior rankings by winning the Junior US Open and Wimbledon titles. In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he won a bronze medal, losing to Andre Agassi.

He never looked back.

He kept on winning more majors and more titles.

Age is just a number for the man. His inspiration is another legendary player Martina Navratilova, with whom he paired in 2003 Australian Open.
In 2012, there was this ugly spat among the tennis fraternity in India, but Paes, chose to keep going.

India’s brightest tennis star is shining like the Sirius. We wish he goes on and on, makes us proud with many more victories.