New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken congratulated Leander Paes on becoming the first Indian to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the Australian Open men`s doubles title, and said that he would like to see the ace tennis player clinching a medal at the Olympics this year.
"I would like to congratulate Leander Paes on his career Grand Slam. Paes is an outstanding tennis player India has ever produced and we would like him to perform better and better so that he can win a medal for us in the London Olympics," said Maken.
Paes won the Australian Open men`s doubles title with Czech Republic`s Radek Stepanek, defeating top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6(1), 6-2 in the summit clash in Melbourne on Saturday.
However, a second title eluded Paes at the Australian Open as he and Elena Vesnina ended runners-up in the mixed doubles event after being outplayed by Horia Tecau and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-5 (3-10) in the summit clash at the Rod Laver Arena yesterday.
Commenting on suggestions that ageing Indian cricketers should quit the game following the team`s disastrous outing against Australia where they lost the Test series 0-4, Maken said, "It`s upto the respective federations (BCCI) and coaches to decide. The players should take a call on their future. I think that as a sports minister, I should not interfere in such things."
India suffered their second consecutive whitewash overseas just six months after the humiliation in England.