For Saina Nehwal, it is always about playing for India
For Saina Nehwal, it is always about playing for India

 In the wake of Sports Ministry's diktat of not to extend financial help to athletes who prefer professional commitment over representing India, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday insisted her first priority would always be to play for the country.

My commitment should not be questioned: Leander Paes
My commitment should not be questioned: Leander Paes

 A day after sports ministry made it clear that athletes who remain unavailable for national duty would not get financial aid from it, top tennis star Leander Paes said his commitment should not be questioned since he has given his all in the last 24 years while playing for India.

AITA backs top players, clarifies their Asian Games stand
AITA backs top players, clarifies their Asian Games stand

Hours after the government made it clear that it would not extend financial help to athletes skipping important international events, the AITA today sought to clarify the stand taken by three top tennis players, who had preferred ATP Tour over the Incheon Asian Games.

Want funds, stay available for India: Sports Ministry to Indian athletes
Want funds, stay available for India: Sports Ministry to Indian athletes

Taking exception to top Indian tennis players who were reluctant to compete in the recent Asian Games, the Sports Ministry on Wednesay said individual players will be able to avail grants from it only if they undertake to be available for India whenever called upon.

Rhea Pillai's new beau threatened my life: Leander Paes
Rhea Pillai's new beau threatened my life: Leander Paes

The Leander Paes – Rhea Pillai case has now reached murkier waters. The tennis star has reportedly lodged a police complaint with the police stating that his and his daughter's lives are under threat.

Paes-Bopanna ousted from Japan Open
Paes-Bopanna ousted from Japan Open

Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna, who recently recorded a memorable Davis Cup win, crashed out of the Japan Open following a straight set defeat against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, here today.

Yuki needs to add another 20kms to his serve: Anand Amritraj
Yuki needs to add another 20kms to his serve: Anand Amritraj

India's Davis Cup skipper Anand Amritraj says Yuki Bhambri must utilise his big frame to send down booming serves if he wants to fare better in his tennis career.

Kei Nishikori triumphs in Malaysian Open
Kei Nishikori triumphs in Malaysian Open

Japan`s rising tennis star Kei Nishikori clinched his first Malaysian Open title on Sunday after taming France`s Julien Benneteau in two tightly fought sets.

Asian Games gives youngsters chance to shine: Leander Paes
Asian Games gives youngsters chance to shine: Leander Paes

Vetern tennis star Leander Paes on Thursday said Indian youngsters have a good opportunity to shine at the Asian Games in Incheon in the absence of top players.

India aiming to make mark with big medal haul at 2014 Asian Games
India aiming to make mark with big medal haul at 2014 Asian Games

Bolstered by a better-than-expected performance in the Commonwealth Games, Indian athletes would now look to assert themselves against the sporting might of continental powerhouses such as China and Japan in the 17th Asian Games commencing here tomorrow.

I want to leave the game on a high like Pele, Mohammad Ali: Leander Paes
I want to leave the game on a high like Pele, Mohammad Ali: Leander Paes

Indian tennis legend Leander Paes says he aspires to exit from the game just like global icons Pele and Mohammad Ali who bid adieu to their respective sports when they were at the pinnacle of their careers.

Lee-Bopanna doubles match inspired me, says Somdev Devverman
Lee-Bopanna doubles match inspired me, says Somdev Devverman

 Somdev Devvarman on Sunday said the sterling comeback doubles match of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna inspired him to go out and win the crucial first reverse singles game for India and keep the nation's hopes alive in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie against Serbia here.

Best Davis Cup comeback win for me: Leander Paes
Best Davis Cup comeback win for me: Leander Paes

Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes on Saturday said that the dramatic victory he pulled off along with partner Rohan Bopanna against formidable Serbians was the best comeback effort of his Davis Cup career.

Davis Cup: India clinch doubles to stay alive against Serbia
Davis Cup: India clinch doubles to stay alive against Serbia

Veteran Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna won the crucial doubles on Saturday to keep India afloat in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against Serbia in Bangalore on Saturday.

Rohan Bopanna is open to playing with Leander Paes at 2016 Rio Olympics
Rohan Bopanna is open to playing with Leander Paes at 2016 Rio Olympics

India's doubles star Rohan Bopanna says the bitterness that had developed between him and Leander Paes in the build-up to the 2012 London Games is "long gone and over" and he was not averse to the idea of pairing with his senior compatriot for the Rio Olympics if there are no fitness issues.

Yuki Bhambri to start India's Davis Cup campaign against Serbia
Yuki Bhambri to start India's Davis Cup campaign against Serbia

Yuki Bhambri will open India's Davis Cup campaign against Serbia, drawn against visiting side's number two player Dusan Lajovic for the first singles match of the World Group playoff tie, beginning here Friday.

Davis Cup: Devvarman to lead India against Djokovic-less Serbia
Davis Cup: Devvarman to lead India against Djokovic-less Serbia

Somdev Devvarman will lead India against the visiting Serbia as the Asian giants attempt to return to the World Group for the 2015 season. India last qualified for the 16-team elite group three years ago.

Paes, Mirza, Bopanna skip Asian Games to focus on  professional circuit
Paes, Mirza, Bopanna skip Asian Games to focus on professional circuit

Indian tennis stars Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will skip the Asian Games being held in the South Korean city of Incheon from Sep 19 to Oct 4, to focus on the professional circuit.

Davis Cup: Leander Paes says ready to take responsibility yet again
Davis Cup: Leander Paes says ready to take responsibility yet again

India's ace tennis player Leander Paes today said that he was yet again ready to take the responsibility of playing a crucial role in the Davis Cup World playoff tie against Serbia which begins on Friday.

Leander Paes slides to lowest rank in 11 years
Leander Paes slides to lowest rank in 11 years

The failure to defend his US Open title cost Leander Paes dear as the veteran Indian tennis star today suffered a 23-place loss to slip to 35, his worst ranking in 11 years.